Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Social Work

The TRU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program offers a nationally accredited degree that prepares students for a career in the diverse profession of social work. The BSW degree is designed to build on the educational achievements and experiences of a wide range of students.

Both diploma graduates and undergraduate students who have completed the necessary prerequisites may enter the program. Courses are offered on the Kamloops campus, and students can complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis.

Program mission statement

The BSW program prepares competent generalist practitioners to provide service and leadership within regional, national, and global contexts to achieve social justice, respect for diversity, and social change. The program facilitates the development of knowledge, skills, and values necessary to work in collaborative and anti-oppressive ways. Students learn how to identify and eradicate barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential. The program integrates and incorporates Aboriginal perspectives.

Accredited program

The BSW program is fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.


TRU Story

Ashley Pierobon pushed her own limits so she could help others

"The support I received from (professors) was pivotal in my growth and shaping the social worker and person I have become."

Read Ashley's story
Ashley Pierobon

93%

of BSW graduates surveyed were employed within six months of graduation, almost all in full-time positions

98%

of BSW graduates were satisfied with the quality of their education and stated that it was relevant to their employment performance

$43,000

Median starting income for full-time employment

20%

of students continue on to graduate programs

(Post-BSW data 2010 – 2014 from TRU Institutional Planning and Effectiveness)

History

  • 1990 — Program begins with Dr. Grant Larson as Dean in partnership between Thompson Rivers University (formerly the University College of the Cariboo) and the University of Victoria
  • 1990-1997 — Joint BSW with UVic
  • 1998 — BSW established as an independently accredited program
  • 1997 — Concentrated BSW program offered
  • 1998 — Affiliation agreement with Nicola Valley Institute of Technology established
  • 2000-present — Child welfare specialization begins
  • 1999-2004 — Collaboration with UBC to offer MSW distance education program
  • 2005 — Thompson Rivers University established
  • Currently — BSW program is part of School of Social Work & Human Service in the Faculty of Education & Social Work under the leadership of Dean Airini