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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.

Why social work at UW-Eau Claire?

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, the Nursing and Health Care Professional Career Fair and the Non-Profit and Government 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. 

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Quick facts

Social work program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. 
Student organizations
  • Association of Student Social Workers

Accreditation information

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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

What can I do 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?

Social work jobs

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

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. 

What classes do social work majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

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

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Department information

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Social Work

Human Sciences and Services 253
239 Water Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
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