Social Work

Working to make a difference

If your mission in life is helping people and empowering them to make changes in their lives and communities, a social work major might be perfect for you! Your education will include a wide range of topics including human behavior, communication, and social justice.

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There is a growing need for social work graduates and our program prepares you well for any of the successful, meaningful career paths open to you with this degree. They include substance abuse counselor, clinical social worker, school psychologist, marriage and family therapist, behavioral disorder counselor, child and family social worker, school counselor, lawyer, and more.

Career paths abound

Our undergraduate program is focused on preparing students as ethical, competent, evidence-informed social work generalists. This means that students are prepared for undergraduate level licensure to enter the workforce in areas from mental health to alcohol or drug abuse, or from gerontology to child welfare. Many graduates also choose to pursue a one-year graduate program to further focus their expertise as a therapist, non-profit administrator, or hospice social worker. The opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others are endless with a social work degree! 

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Blugolds impacting our community

Our outstanding program has proved valuable for many graduates and the local community. A large number of social work graduates work in Eau Claire County in various roles and departments. Whether these graduates grew up in Eau Claire or have decided to make it their new home—the impact they have on our community is undeniable.

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We offer a large number of opportunities for you to get involved and take your learning to the next level. Whether you want to study abroad or participate in faculty-student research – we will help you get there!

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Empowering others through social work

The social work department at UWEC offers a comprehensive social work major, along with certificates in child welfare and gerontology. Our undergraduate program prepares you as a social work generalist for a variety of career options within social work.

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Baccalaureate Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes.  Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. 

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