Bachelor of Arts in Social Work is a four year academic program under Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tribhuvan University. Major aim of this program is to produce generalist social workers to fulfill the need of contemporary Nepal as well as the world. In order to achieve this goal, it offers altogether 8 papers including compulsory field work, research work, academic writing and report writing courses in different semesters. 

These courses, apart from core courses of social work, also include various required courses from related disciplines, and some optional courses in the third and fourth year including some specialization courses. In addition, there are few compulsory courses such as Nepali, English, Nepal Studies, and Academic Writing. 

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program of Tribhuvan University prepares students for entry-level practice in social work. Social Work is one of the helping professions committed to improving people’s lives. Social workers may assist people in dealing with their relationships, in solving personal and family problems, or in improving the environment in their community. Social workers focus on social problems and the individual difficulties that arise from these social problems. These problems may include domestic violence, child abuse, unemployment, poor or no housing, disability, and serious illness. Most social workers work in organizations or agencies whose missions focus on helping people deal with one of more of these social problems in their lives.

BSW prepare graduates for service in the social work profession and for advanced study in social work and related disciplines. 


The overall objective of the courses of bachelor level is to impart up-to-date knowledge of the basic theories and methods of Social Work to the students along with skills developed through intensive field-work. The main objective is to provide general skilled human resources for social work in the context of Nepal. In addition, it also aims to inculcate in the students the spirit of human rights and social justice. Thus, the overall objective of this level is to produce skilled human resource through developing professional skills among the students of this discipline at a par with those of other countries.

In specific the bachelor level Social Work program aims to develop the following:

  • Understanding of the basic concepts of social work; principles, methods, and practice.
  • Carry out research to identify the problems faced by the community people and possible solutions to those problems.
  • Developing ability to identify major social problems in the context they are situated.
  • Managing and utilizing the service system to solve the problem among those affected people.
  • Developing self-awareness in relation to one’s own capability responding to problem situations. 

Admission criteria

A student holding a higher secondary level degree (+2, PCL or any) in any of the subjects recognized by Tribhuvan University is considered eligible to apply for admission at bachelor level.

An applicant seeking admission to Bachelor in Social Work may appear in an Entrance Examination, if provisioned, of one hour’s duration conducted by the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tribhuvan University or managed by Department of Social Work. The students who pass the Entrance Examination, if provisioned, will get an opportunity of getting admission in the campus/college of their choice if possible, otherwise he/she will be assigned to a particular campus/college. The applicant who fails to appear in the Entrance Examination or to obtain a minimum qualifying score will not be given admission. Admission of the students will be based strictly on the merit list and on the enrollment quota; as per rule of FOHSS, TU, based on approval provided to the Campus/College through Dean’s Office. However, Dean’s Office in coordination with Department of Social Work may apply any relevant and feasible policy for enrollment in BASW. 

Salient features

Duration of the Course and Examinations

The duration of the course is of four academic years. There will be a final examination, in each year, at the end of each year. Regularity of the students will be an important and primary criteria to be eligible to appear in the internal as well as final examination.


Evaluation will be on the basis of 30 percent internal and 70 percent external. Forty percent internal evaluation will be done by the Social Work Department/Campus on the basis of the following criteria:

A. Class attendance 5 marks
8. Class participation, discussion and presentation 5 marks
C. Assignment 10 marks
D. Class test (writing) 10 marks

The 70 percent external evaluation will be done by the Dean’s office through Controller of Examinations, Tribhuvan University which will be written examination. However, in case of Social Work Practicum and Field Work courses 70 percent external will also be done practically by the department/Campus under the coordination of Department of Social Work TU.


Students seeking admission in Social Work must have

secured at least D+ in all subjects in Grade 11 and Grade 12. 


 passed + 2 or Intermediate or PCL from TU or from any other institution recognized by TU with a minimum of 45% marks.

Job prospects

There are many areas in which BSW Graduates get employment. They get job opportunities in government and non-government sector, education sector, social sector (NGOS, INGOS), Media sector.

They can work in different designation in:

  • Gov. Org, I/NGOs
  • Bank, Commercial Institutions, Corporate Sectors
  • Academic Institutions
  • Media Sectors, TV, Radio and News Agencies
  • Engineering Consultancies
  • Research Institutions and consultancies

For the students who wish and pursue their higher studies abroad they will be eligible to get scholarships available in the reputed Universities. They can also apply to get fellowship from renowned scholarship programs; Fullbright (US, AUSAID, Australia), Erasmus Mundus (Europe), DAAD (Germany), ADB for post-graduate and Doctoral Studies.

Curricular structure

Curricular Structure of Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

First Year

SW 421 Introduction to Social Work

SW 422 Basic Sociology for Social Work

Second Year

SW 423 Basic Psychology for Social Work

SW 424A Social Case Work Practice

SW 424B Social Work Practice with Groups

Third Year*

SW 425 Social Issues and Leadership Development

SW 410 Social Issues and Leadership Development

Fourth Year*

SW 426 Theoretical Ideologies of Social Work

SW 427 Social Problem, Identifications and Interventions

Note  : The courses in the third year and fourth year are proposed.  The title of these courses can be changed while developing details contents later. 

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