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Online Bachelor of Social Work: Restorative Justice Concentration

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Become an Active Agent of Change

  • Experienced Faculty
  • Comprehensive Curriculum
  • Gain Insights on Restorative Justice

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  • Duration 2-4 years
  • Cost per Credit $495
  • Credit Hours 120

Program Benefits

  • Gain a Solid Foundation of Theory, Policy and Research
  • Address Inequities and Community-Based Issues
  • Consider How Race and Class Affect the Police and Court Systems

Approach Justice by Going Beyond Typical Incarceration Models

In the Restorative Justice concentration of Carlow’s online BSW, you’ll take a community-based approach to inequities in the criminal justice system. You will also explore alternative ways to address crime-related issues beyond the incarceration models most often employed by the United States. The Restorative Justice concentration helps you become an active change agent as you enter the workforce.

The Restorative Justice Concentration Will Allow You To:

  • Gain a competitive edge and become more marketable for bachelor’s-level positions in criminal justice, as well as prison and jail settings.
  • Learn to encourage victims, offenders and community members on their journey to restorative justice.
  • Encourage incarcerated individuals to practice skills that help them succeed after their release.

Deepen Your Social Work Education with Restorative Justice


12 credits for Restorative Justice courses

The online BSW’s Restorative Justice concentration offers a solid foundation of theory, policy and research to prepare you for careers in the justice system. Utilize concentration credits to gain an edge in your area of interest with the BSW: Restorative Justice concentration.

Featured Courses

This course explores human behavior in groups, organizations and communities to achieve a theoretical, conceptual and practical understanding of the workings of the macro-social environment. An ecosystems perspective is combined with sociology and group psychology theories that promote a working knowledge of the operation and interrelatedness of macro systems and human behavior. Primary consideration is given to concepts of empowerment, diversity, populations at risk and the promotion of social and economic justice at the local, national and global levels. (3 credits)

This course is designed to assist students in engaging in critical examination of the interplay of race, class and crime in the United States. Attention will be given to historical, sociological, economic and political reasons that underlie why Black Americans and other racial minorities are treated unequally and represented disproportionately in the criminal justice system. This course highlights obstacles to racial justice including the criminalization of behaviors along racial and class lines. (3 credits)

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Career Outlook: Restorative Justice Concentration

With the Restorative Justice concentration, you will be a competitive BSW candidate for bachelors-level careers in the criminal justice system and more. Restorative justice provides social workers with a framework and set of practices to repair or produce resolution, to the extent possible in individual, family and community situations that may or may not involve the criminal justice system. At the macro or societal level, social workers advocate for social justice policy as well as provide resources for disenfranchised members of society.

Correctional Counselor $46,051 per year1

Case Manager $44,351 per year2

Victim Advocate $40,077 per year3

Customize Your Area of Study

Enhance your knowledge and skills in your social work degree by choosing from optional concentrations in Crisis and Trauma, Restorative Justice and Healthcare Social Work.

Social Work, BSW: Crisis and Trauma Concentration

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Social Work, BSW: Healthcare Concentration

Gain a conceptual, ethical and practical framework for social work practice in healthcare.

Frequently Asked Questions

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You can pursue social work with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in your social work degree by choosing from optional concentrations in Crisis and Trauma, Restorative Justice and Healthcare Social Work.

Coursework consists of 120 total credit hours. Find out more about our curriculum.

Yes. The BSW program is CSWE accredited.

Yes. You will be eligible to apply to sit for licensure upon graduating with your BSW degree.

Our BSW online program prepares you to start on several social work career paths. Your dream social work career might be in a nonprofit agency or organization, behavioral health agency, a family services center, healthcare setting, a long-term care agency, a foster care program, the criminal justice system and more. Careers in the social work filed are growing fast. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that careers for social workers are projected to grow faster than average at 9 percent from 2021 to 2031.

Many BSW students continue their education with online graduate studies, such as a master’s in social work.

BSW courses are primarily taught by full-time faculty who prioritize supporting students. From the start of the program through graduation, faculty are fully invested in the success of their students by being accessible and responsive and connecting them to all the resources available to students at Carlow so they can reach their goals. Faculty members stay engaged in their area of practice outside the classroom and strive to connect students to those areas including aging, behavioral health, child welfare, healthcare, immigrant inclusion and more.

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