Do you need a BSW in order to become a Social Worker?

I am currently a student at Boston University I am undecided, but have recently become interested in Social Work. BU does not offer undergraduate studies in Social Work. If i were to become very serious about becoming a Social Worker would this cause a problem later in life, if I only have a BA in Psychology for example and then wish to go into social work? Would any degree in the Arts and sciences suffice for pursuing a MSW? Thanks!

Asked By: Felicia - 10/26/2008
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I've been a social worker for 7 years and I have a BA with a double major in government and psychology. So no, you don't have to have a BSW degree. Also, most MSW programs accept a wide range of undergraduate degrees. You didn't mention what kind of social worker you wanted to be so I'm putting a list below (sorry... More
Answered By: Dorian - 10/29/2008
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A BSW is highly recommended, but I know of social workers with undergraduate degrees in psychology, sociology, and education. If you choose to go to graduate school, I would suggest getting an MSW.
Answered By: josh b - 10/26/2008
Regrettably social work jobs pay so little that they typically cannot afford to be picky when it comes to the degree the person has. Anything in the social sciences is typically fine.
Answered By: Ginger O - 10/28/2008
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