Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

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BASW Program Mission

We are dedicated to educating students for ethical, competent, responsive and innovative generalist social work practice. Grounded in the liberal arts and social sciences, the BASW program emphasizes person-in-environment framework within a systems perspective. We teach students about service and social justice as we prepare them for generalist social work practice and public service with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. With attention to critical thinking, policy and research, we also prepare students for graduate-level study in social work and related fields.


Michigan State University's Master of Social Work (MSW) programs and its Bachelor of Social Work (BASW) program are fully-accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and designed to meet the State of Michigan’s social work licensing criteria. However, MSU cannot confirm whether these programs meet licensure requirements in states other than Michigan. Students who may be seeking professional licensure elsewhere will need to check with the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the program meets the requirement for licensure. Each state’s social work licensing requirements can be found at: