Bachelor of Science in Social Work


Become inspired and prepare to be a social work practitioner. Earn your bachelor of social work at Spalding University. Our program is rigorous in its commitment to the highest academic standards and radical in our commitment to social justice. We believe the world can be changed. If you agree, you may have just found the perfect place to earn your degree. Our dedicated faculty work to meet the needs of the times by promoting peace and justice. Alongside our commitment of helping you affect positive change, we offer small class sizes and a supportive community of faculty and staff who will help you become the world-changing force you want to be.

January and August start options for juniors beginning BSSW coursework.

For more information, free transcript evaluation, and assistance with application process, contact Dr. Stacy Deck, Director of Undergraduate Education at 502-873-4477 or [email protected].


Spalding University and the social work program live by a mission to make a difference. Benefit from the program’s many community partnerships and faculty who are passionate about your personal success.

  • Choose from a wide variety of fieldwork options
  • Deepen your awareness, acceptance and appreciation of diversity
  • Gain relevant preparation through hands-on service and fieldwork experience
  • Develop a strong connection to the Louisville community
  • Learn from social work faculty who have deep ties to the city and surrounding areas where you plan to study, live, and work

Named Top-5 High-achieving Program for equitable early career outcomes

BSSW KCPE badgeSpalding’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work is recognized by Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as a high-achieving academic program in Kentucky that prepares underrepresented minority (URM) students for high-demand occupations with earnings that match or exceed their peers.


  • Social Work
  • Addiction Studies

Pursue your interests with a minor in social work or addiction studies. As a social work minor, you’ll explore the foundations of social work while deepening your understanding of oppression, privilege and human behavior. You’ll use this knowledge to learn basic skills that can be used in intervention and social change. As an addiction studies minor, you’ll explore the ethics for helping professions and interventions as they relate to addiction and substance abuse. You’ll gain insight into the cross between addiction and trauma and have the opportunity to explore additional addiction-related social work electives.

Special elective topics

  • Compassionate Social Justice
  • Queering Social Norms: The Politics of Identity and Love

Career Options

With your bachelor’s degree in social work, you will be prepared to enter graduate school and practice in a variety of settings:

  • mental health programs
  • substance abuse facilities
  • community action agencies
  • family service centers
  • child and adult protective services
  • domestic violence programs
  • faith-based ministries
  • education
  • criminal justice agencies
  • aging services/gerontology