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Choosing to pursue a degree in social work comes with a great deal of responsibility. Social work professionals are tasked with empowering the people they work with, while simultaneously working for the betterment of the community as a whole. But with great responsibility comes great reward. With a degree in social work you'll be making a positive impact on the world.

The comprehensive social work undergraduate degree offers a great deal of experiential learning including faculty-student research, skills lab, service-learning projects, and visits to non-profit agencies. These experiences will help prepare you to be a successful social work professional and set you up for a commitment to lifelong learning.

Social Work

See specific details about our majors and minors.

Comprehensive Social Work Major

120 credits, no minor required

Our bachelor's degree in social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates of the program are eligible for examination for certification or licensure at the baccalaureate level. Our program is known for producing well-prepared graduates for both professional careers and graduate school.

For more details about course specifics, see the course catalog. Once admitted into the social work program you will work closely with your advisor on all the details of your degree plan.

Social work program admission

In order to pursue a degree in social work, you must first be admitted into the program. If you are considering a degree in social work, talk to your advisor to make sure you are on track to meet the program admission requirements. You can apply to join the social work program after you have accumulated 60 credits, completed a service-learning requirement, and met a number of other coursework and GPA requirements outlined here.

Suggested first year coursework

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Humanities
  • American National Politics
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Blugold Seminar
  • Spanish

Master's in social work

Many students choose to continue their education by pursuing a master’s degree in social work. The benefit to a master’s in social work versus some other disciplines is the shortened amount of time it takes to reach that goal. The average time for a student to complete their undergraduate and graduate studies in social work is five years. Whether you want to be a therapist, substance abuse counselor, or many of the other career options within social work—we can get you there faster!

Although UWEC does not have a master’s in social work (MSW) program, you do have the option to apply for the UW-Madison MSW program and take courses locally at UWEC. If you are interested in graduate school, make sure to discuss it with your advisor.

Check out UW-Madison’s MSW

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