Barry U is NOW Offering weekend and evening Bachelor of Social Work courses starting 2020. Transfer AA degree holders - Apply NOW

Understanding the Transfer Process

Our BSW program allows transfer students to apply up to 64 previously earned credits toward their degree, allowing them to prioritize the study and clinical practice of social work.

Why transfer into the BSW Program?

  • Barry University’s BSW program offers flexible delivery options, including daytime, nighttime, and weekend courses.
  • Our trauma-informed curriculum will prepare you to address areas of trauma and resilience within clients’ communities, including abuse, neglect, and crisis.
  • Our Field Directors will match you with experienced Field Supervisors who provide opportunities to explore areas of expertise unique to your vocational interests.
  • Our student-centered curriculum will empowers you as part of the next generation of professional clinicians and leaders.
  • Our Advanced Standing program allows you to transition into our Master of Social Work Program and complete your degree in two semesters.

What do Social Workers do?

  • Social Workers focus on a trauma-informed, bio-psycho-social-political-spiritual model of clinical practice. 
  • Social Workers engage with clients through a social justice framework that integrates individual work within an environmental context.
  • Social workers are agents of social change, including policy practice, with a focus on vulnerable and oppressed populations.    
  • Social workers are trained for leadership in clinical and administrative capacities.
  • Social workers are uniquely qualified to practice in a multitude of settings such as private clinical practice, schools, medical, mental health, and forensic settings


Transfer Student Admissions Criteria

  • College cumulative GPA: 2.7 or above
  • No more than five Withdrawals (W) and grades of D or F combined
  • Evidence of volunteer or community engagement is helpful
  • We strongly recommend that transfer students complete as much of the liberal arts distribution requirements for the BSW degree as possible at their respective community or junior college.

Course Map

Junior Year Term 1

SW 206: The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping

This is an experience-oriented course directed toward helping students become aware of their own interpersonal processes and how these may influence their skill and effectiveness as professional helpers. This course explores formal and informal approaches to helping in various cultures and societies, and examines the implications of cultural values as well as their strengths and limitations. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of critical thinking in helping at the individual, group, and community levels.

Prerequisite: 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession.

3 Credits

SW 205: Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession

This foundation course introduces students to social work as a profession. The history, values, and the development of social work as a profession are discussed. The course emphasizes 1) self- awareness and identity as a professional social worker, 2) an introduction to the effects of oppression on social and economic justice, and 3) identifying the roles and functions of a professional social worker as a leader in promoting resilience in client systems through trauma-informed care approaches to practice.

Pre/Corequisite: ENG 111: First Year Composition/Rhetoric

3 Credits

SSW 327: Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice

This course introduces students to the basic processes of critical thinking and application to the assessment of client systems, social policy, and research. Skills of critical appraisal and decision making within a bio-psycho-social framework are practiced with special attention to culturally based sources of knowledge.

Pre/Corequisites: 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession, 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping; Corequisite: 355 Human Development.

3 Credits

SW 355: Human Development

This course provides a social work context in introducing students to theories and theoretical models that explain reciprocal influences and risk and resilience in shaping human behavior. This course uses a developmental framework to examine growth and maturation over the life course with attention to the person-environment configuration. This course emphasizes the relevance of factors including culture, ethnicity, gender, social constructions of age, social norms, socioeconomic inequality, spirituality, sexual orientation, and trauma in influencing the outcomes of transactions between the person and the environment over time. Special attention is paid to the applicability of course content to social work practice in human service settings.

Pre/Corequisites: 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession, 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping; Corequisite: 327 Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice.

3 Credits


Junior Year Term 2

SW 323: Service Learning and Social Work Practice

This course introduces social work students to a Service Learning modality framed within social work practice. The course emphasizes the value and significance of academic growth within a social service setting. Students are required to venture out from their familiar traditional classroom and engage in community based experiential learning. For social work students, this experiential format involves work with vulnerable populations in social service settings across Miami-Dade and neighboring counties. A strengths-based, ecological framework is the underlying theory by which students examine social service settings and the clients served. Students are required to dedicate 45 hours to an identified social service agency.

Prerequisites: 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession, 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping.

3 Credits

SW 393: Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework

This foundation course introduces beginning skills of helping individuals, families, and groups within a trauma-informed, strengths-based framework. Grounded in the values and ethics of the profession, students learn the application and evaluation of direct practice skills used in the initial phase of helping. This course also introduces students to a variety of assessment methods utilized in clinical social work practice.  Students will learn how to assess problems within a person in environment context, and how to organize and analyze descriptive case information. Grounded in a trauma-informed, strengths-based framework, students gain competency in clinical interviewing and bio- psycho-social-spiritual assessment within a person in environment context.

Prerequisites: SW 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession; SW 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping, SW 323 Service Learning and Social Work Practice, SW 327 Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice, SW 355 Human Development, SW 393 Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework, SW 395 Social Work Macro and Policy Practice: Poverty, Oppression, and Trauma; Corequisites: SW 495 Field Education I, SW 433 Introduction to Trauma and Resilience

3 Credits

SW 395: Social Work Macro and Policy Practice: Poverty, Oppression and Trauma

This course provides students with knowledge and skills necessary for engaging in macro social work practice, social policy development and analysis. Students will learn to examine both the historic and current roles of the U.S. government in policy development and social-welfare program implementation; the socio-political role of social workers, impact of social movements to influence policy change, and the changing nature and needs of our society. Particular attention will be given to the person-in-environment lens and how trauma, poverty, and oppression intersect with social functioning, policy formulation, and implementation.

Prerequisites: SW 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession; SW 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping; SW 327 Ways of Knowing; SW 355 Human Development; Corequisite: SW 393 Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework

3 Credits

SW 417: Models of Intervention in Clinical Social Work Practice

This course introduces students to social work practice with individuals, families, and groups in contemporary practice settings with an emphasis on identifying appropriate and effective models of intervention. Students will become familiarized with multiple models of intervention at the micro and mezzo levels of social work practice and learn to make effective practice decisions regarding the selection and implementation of various intervention models.

Prerequisites: SW 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession, SW 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping, SW 355 Human Development, SW 327 Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice, SW 323 Service Learning and Social Work Practice, SW 393 Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework, SW 395  Social Work Macro and Policy Practice: Poverty, Oppression, and Trauma, SW 495 Field Education I, SW 433 Introduction to Trauma and Resilience, and PSY 325 Theories of Personality; Corequisites: 497 Field Education II, and PSY 314 Abnormal Psychology.

3 Credits

Senior Year Term 1

SW 433: Introduction to Trauma and Resilience

This course provides the student with an overview of psychological trauma, including the history and current theories in the field, the nature of trauma (sexual abuse, combat, and natural disasters), how trauma affects individuals and systems, grief reactions, and traumatic stress. Resilience Theory is introduced. Also included in this class is the exploration of the professional’s response to trauma, vicarious traumatization, disenfranchised grief, crisis intervention, co-morbid disorders, and general treatment issues. Finally, students have the chance to review evidence-based practices in the trauma field, including cognitive, neurobiological, clinical, and socio-cultural. A culturally informed approach to learning is used.

Prerequisites: SW 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession, SW 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping, SW 323 Service Learning and Social Work Practice, SW 355 Human Development, SW 327 Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice, SW 393 Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework, SW 395 Social Work Macro and Policy Practice: Poverty, Oppression, and Trauma; Corequisite: SW 495 Field Education I, SW 393  Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework,  and PSY 325 Theories of Personality.

3 Credits

SW 495: Field Education I

This senior year course requires students to complete 140 hours of supervised clinical practice in a Field Agency in addition to attending a seven-week Skills Lab. The Skills Lab prepares students for their field education experience by providing content relative to the basic skills of social work practice. The Skills Lab also provides ongoing integration of clinical theory and practice skills.

Prerequisites: SW 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession, SW 323 Service Learning and Social Work Practice, SW 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping, SW 355 Human Development, SW 327 Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice, SW 369 Social Work in the Social Service Environment, SW 360 Environmental Context of Social Work Practice: Poverty, Oppression, and Trauma; Corequisites: SW 393  Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework,  SW 433 Introduction to Trauma and Resilience, and PSY 325 Theories of Personality.

3 Credits

PSY 325: Theories of Personality

Survey of theoretical approaches to the study of personality, from Freudian theory to contemporary theories.

Prerequisite: PSY 281. (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

3 Credits

Social Work Elective

3 Credits

Social Work Upper Division Elective

3 Credits


Senior Year Term 2

SW 493: Direct Practice Skills in Social Work II: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework

This foundation year course focuses on the development of professional skills from contracting phase of helping through the ending phase and transitions. Grounded in the values and ethics of the profession, a trauma-informed strengths perspective is integral to the interactional, evidence-based framework in this course. Students will examine current knowledge, professional values, and skills relevant to work with a range of life stressors as they present themselves within diverse populations and diverse communities. Critical to understanding the helping relationship and essential skills is the student’s ability to respond to the ways in which individuals, groups, organizations, and communities are systematically oppressed and denied access to social, political, and economic resources. This course includes a specific focus on student skill development related to: the identification and assessment of service gaps within human service organizations, professional social work role and function, mediation of interpersonal and environmental stressors with individuals, families, groups, and communities, and the skillful navigation of the continuum of the helping relationship from contracting to termination.

Prerequisites: SW 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession, SW 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping, SW 327 Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice, SW 393 Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework; Corequisite: SW 497 Field Education II

3 Credits

SW 497: Field Education II

This senior year course requires students to complete 280 hours of supervised clinical practice continuing in the same Field Agency.

Prerequisites: SW 205 Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession, SW 206 The Personal, Cultural, and Social Influences on Helping, SW 355 Human Development, SW 327 Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice, SW 323 Service Learning and Social Work Practice, SW 393 Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I: A Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Framework, SW 395  Social Work Macro and Policy Practice: Poverty, Oppression, and Trauma , SW 495 Field Education I, SW 433 Introduction to Trauma and Resilience, and PSY 325 Theories of Personality; Corequisite: SW 417 Models of Intervention for Clinical Social Work Practice, and PSY 314 Abnormal Psychology.

3 Credits

PSY 413: Abnormal Psychology

Theories of abnormal behavior, pathological syndromes, methods of treatment, and prevention.

Prerequisite: PSY 281. (Fall, Spring, and Summer).

3 Credits

Social Work Upper Division Elective

3 Credits


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