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Explore the social work bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities with a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Known for producing exceptional graduates, our reputable program will help shape you into an ethical, competent and evidence-informed professional, ready for the field or graduate school.

Rooted in high-impact, experiential learning, our social work major will provide you with endless opportunities to gain relevant experience. One of the best ways we do this is through our comprehensive internship program. All social work students are placed in a high-quality field internship that aligns with their individual interests and career goals. There, you'll apply the values, ethics and techniques learned from the classroom to the real world. Community service and collaborative research projects will further round out your skillset and provide you with even more opportunities to make positive change.

Many social work students choose to take their education a step further by studying abroad, joining a cultural immersion program or participating in the National Student Exchange program. Each of these opportunities opens doors to new experiences, additional career paths and a deeper awareness of social justice and change.

Choosing to pursue a degree in social work comes with a great deal of responsibility. Social work professionals are tasked with empowering others, while simultaneously working to better the community. But, with great responsibility comes great reward. With a degree in social work, you'll become an ally for those who need one and help to make the world a much better and brighter place.

Maya Breed, Social Work Internship

Internship provides life-changing experience

For four months Maya Breed interned at a children's home in South Africa, working with children who had experienced forms of abuse and neglect.

Now an intake and assessment social worker for the Department of Human Services - Child Protection Unit in Manitowoc County, Maya credits the internship with providing her the experience and self-confidence she needed to pursue her passion for helping others.

"The things I took away from the internship are infinite," she said. "I learned things about myself personally and professionally that I never would have dreamed of. The children I worked with — their resiliency, personalities, life stories, openness and unconditional love — that is what impacted me the most and what will be with me forever."

Social work degree scholarships

UW-Eau Claire has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. For example, the Norman White Social Work Scholarship offers a $1,200 award to a student who regularly volunteers in the community and is pursuing a social work degree.

Norman White graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1965 with degrees in sociology and math. It is his hope that this scholarship will assist students in obtaining their degrees in social work while promoting the importance of service to others in the greater community.

Learn about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible. 
  
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your social work degree.  

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Nicole Fox

Helping children with trauma return to the classroom

An immersion program at Shriners Children’s Hospital-Northern California is helping bridge the work of social workers and educators. Working with diverse youth who have experienced significant burns or orthopedic trauma, Nicole Fox was one of eight Blugolds who came together to help children with trauma return to the classroom. 

“I realized that social work and education aren’t that different after all — our main goal is to always put our kids’ best interest as a priority,” Nicole said. “Skills such as adaptability and accountability, and the ability to be empathetic vs. sympathetic, are very similar in the education world and the social work field.”

Throughout the program, the UWEC team interacted regularly with the young patients, working through language barriers, technology issues and scheduling changes. Students also worked to develop a resource packet for parents and teachers, which would help ease a child’s transition from the hospital to their school. It was an experience that will make her a better social worker, Nicole said, a career she's eager — and ready — to begin.

“Little did I know that this was going to make me even more excited about the field I am going into, and the work I will be doing with my future clients and patients." 

Quick facts

Social work program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
Student organizations
  • Association of Student Social Workers
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society - Eta Upsilon
  • Human Trafficking Abolitionists

Accreditation information

The department of social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Licensure information

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification.  

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: 
The following states require licensure or certification at the BSW level: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Our program meets the licensure or certification at the BSW level in all states that license or certify BSW-level social work practice. Any state not listed above does NOT license or certify BSW-level social work practice.

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: N/A  

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: N/A

Social work bachelor's degree program highlights

Student-faculty research. Not every undergraduate social work program can boast about the quality research experiences their students get to be a part of. Here, all of our students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty and engage in fascinating research focused on bettering society. Many students choose to present their findings at local and international research conferences, allowing for even more personal and professional growth.

Right-fit internships. All social work students complete a professional internship during their fourth year of the program. Local partnerships and access to more than 80 internship sites will ensure you find the right fit. Internships cover a variety of fields, including adoption, foster care, gerontology, child and family welfare, domestic violence, sexual assault, health care, mental health, school social work, and justice and corrections. 

Relevant student organizations. Several on-campus social work student organizations can further immerse you in the field. These experiences are not only great additions to your resume but also help you get involved in the community and meet other students who are passionate about helping others.

Immersion programs. Unique to UW-Eau Claire is the university's exceptional cultural immersion programming. These faculty-led experiences take you across the country, giving you deeper insight and understanding of the world around you. Students take away critical skills and knowledge, including how to work with a multicultural society and how to enhance social development and well-being.

Connection to local employers. Annual on-campus Career Conferences and a Nursing and Health Care Professional Career Fair bring potential employers right to you. These events are excellent opportunities to network and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

What jobs can you get with a social work degree from UWEC?

Graduates of UW-Eau Claire's social work program leave prepared and ready to make a difference. Because of the broad nature of the program, you will be qualified to work in a variety of fields, including mental health, alcohol or drug abuse, gerontology and child welfare.

Where are social work alumni now?

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I fell in love with social work's deeply rooted commitment to empowering clients. I think empowering others is one of the greatest ways you can assist another person going through hardship.

Alex DeLakis Social Work
UW-Eau Claire social work majors on Illinois immersion trip.

Immersion program gives up-close look at the world of social work

Thanks to a child advocacy immersion summer program, Emma McIlquham is more certain than ever that she wants to be a social worker. The faculty-led experience gave Emma and other social work students an up-close look at what it is like to work with high-risk children and their families.

During the program, students spent nearly two weeks in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois. Students completed drills and simulations as well as visited local organizations. The experience left quite an impact on Emma. 

“We talk about and learn about what a social worker’s job involves," Emma explained. "But through this experience, I was able to see and also participate, which helped me gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities that social workers have. The training we did showed me that social workers have the power to protect and save lives.”

This type of high-impact learning is just one of many ways UWEC prepares students for their future careers.

Social work bachelor's degree program curriculum

Taught by supportive, knowledgeable professors, coursework in our social work degree program will help you explore and understand the many facets of social work. All social work majors also have access to lab spaces and related facilities, where you can practice engaging and intervening with individuals, families and groups, and receive constructive feedback. 

Classes for social work majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive social work major in the UWEC course catalog.

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