Open House Discovery Session
Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, groups, and communities through a career in social work. We’ll also cover pathways to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program.
Preparing for social work
To apply to the Bachelor of Social Work as a University Transfer student, you'll need to complete 57 units of non-social work university transferable courses. These courses provide you with depth in your education and prepare you for the focused education you'll receive to become a professional social worker.
These courses also allow you to get a feel for other disciplines, which may help you to better know if social work is right for you.
Having said that, here are some general course areas that can help prepare you to be successful in social work:
- English/Effective Writing
- Political Science
- Indigenous Awareness in the Canadian Context
- Human Development Across the Lifespan
- Social Welfare and Social Policy
- Research Methods
- Public Administration or Public Policy
- Gender Studies
- Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
These suggestions are just provided for guidance as you plan your first and second year. No admission preference is given to applicants who complete courses in these areas.