The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is designed to prepare students for general practice as a social worker and for acceptance into graduate school. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure by examination by the State of Texas and for full membership in the National Association of Social Workers. Licensed BSW graduates are able to work in a variety of settings including geriatrics, healthcare, mental health, child welfare, disabilities, emergency assistance programs and schools. Many students pursue graduate degrees in social work, education, the allied health professions, psychology and law. Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences, particularly among Hispanics, is key to the Worden School's mission and commitment to working with vulnerable and at-risk populations.

The 4+1 social work degree option allows students to earn their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years. Students who complete their BSW degree at OLLU or another CSWE accredited social work program can earn a Master's in Social Work (MSW) degree in one year through the Advanced MSW program.

Students in the BSW Program can opt to earn a
Biliterate Certificate, which prepares them to work in English and Spanish-speaking settings.

  • To prepare professionally trained social workers for generalist social work practice.
  • To prepare social workers for generalist practice with diverse populations in a way that fosters culturally competent practice with emphasis on Hispanic families and children. 

Field education is an integral part of the social work program at OLLU. The Worden School of Social Service has established partnerships with an extensive network of public and private social service agencies to provide students with a wide range of opportunities for internships. Student internships with Spanish-speaking populations and opportunities for paid field education are available. 

View the BSW Field Education Manual.

Additional resources:
BSW application student checklist
BSW Application
BSW recommendation form 
Student Code of Conduct form
BSW Program Student Handbook   

Worden Exemption Request Form

For more information, contact:

Mo Cuevas, PhD
Director of the Worden School of Social Service 
Worden School of Social Service
Our Lady of the Lake University 
411 S.W. 24th Street 
San Antonio , TX 78207
210-434-6711, ext. 6516

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