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BSW intro offered online


While traditional social work degree programs have been slow to meet the needs of today’s students, the Bachelor of Social Work program at Hawai‘i Pacific University has exceeded the pace—designing its program to accommodate working students by offering core courses in the evenings, weekends, and now, online.


The growing interest in the social work field on O‘ahu and on the Neighbor Islands has led HPU to offer an online introductory course this fall semester. The Profession of Social Work is a 2000-level course required for entry into HPU’s Bachelor of Social Work program. The course will be the start of making the degree available to, specifically, Neighbor Island students, who have expressed interest in the field, according to Dr. Mary Sheridan, professor of social work.


“Social work has been identified as a growing field, particularly in the U.S. because of the aging population.


The course is appropriate for students with some computer expertise, reliable hardware, and self-discipline. It is open to those who have college credits equal to at least sophomore status, and who are interested in exploring social work as a possible profession.
The social work online course is one of many distance-learning options being offered at HPU, which has grown in popularity. Less than three years ago 16 students participated in an online course. By fall of 2002, HPU offered 26 courses which were taken by more than 500 students. This spring, these numbers increased by 50 percent.
The Bachelor of Social Work program, located in the HPU College of Liberal Arts, is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Sheridan at 955-8573 or e-mail


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