University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Social Work (Bachelor of Science)


The principal educational objective of the Social Work program is to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities.

The program provides education for social work practice based on a liberal arts education in the social sciences and humanities. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Throughout the program of study, students develop the values, knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to provide social services and to effect social change in institutions and communities.

Specific Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work requires a minimum of 122 approved credits, 24 credits of which are general education components from four approved academic areas (arts, humanities, science, and social sciences), and three credits for one course that focuses substantially on issues concerned with Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, or non-European/non-Western countries.

The student, in consultation with his/her advisor, selects elective courses which will provide the opportunity to develop individual interests. Additional courses in anthropology, community development and applied economics, foreign language, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, statistics, special education, education, and women’s studies are recommended. Students who intend to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree are strongly advised to take SWSS 007: Quantitative Methods in Social Work Research or STAT 141.

A committee of Social Work faculty review students' progress each semester throughout the four years. Students may be asked to participate in that process if the faculty deems necessary.

Students must complete the required liberal arts courses with a minimum grade of C-, complete the initial Social Work courses (SWSS 002, SWSS 003, SWSS 005, SWSS 060) with a minimum grade of C, complete the upper level Social Work courses (SWSS 147, SWSS 148, SWSS 163, SWSS 164, SWSS 165, SWSS 166, SWSS 168, SWSS 169, SWSS 171, SWSS 172, SWSS 173, SWSS 174) with a minimum grade of B, and achieve an overall GPA in all courses of 2.00.

A possible curriculum for the Social Work program:


Course Credits
Fall Spring
Humanities Course 3
SOC 001 - Introduction to Sociology 3
SWSS 002 - Foundations of Social Work 3
Electives 6 6
POLS 021 - American Political System 3
PSYC 001 - General Psychology 3
SWSS 003 - Human Needs & Social Services 3
Total 15 15
Sophomore Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
ENGS 050 - Expository Writing 3
PSYC 152 - Abnormal Psychology 3
Electives 6 6
Non-European/Non-Western Culture Course 3
BIOL 003 - Human Biology or
   SWSS 005 - Biosociopolitical Issues SW
EC 011 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Diversity Category One*:
   SWSS 060 - Racism & Contemporary Issues
   (*Diversity Courses-6 credits required)
Total 15 15
Junior Year1
Course Credits
Fall Spring
SWSS 147- Social Work Theories I 3
SWSS 164 - Intro Social Work Research 3
SWSS 165 - Iss & Pol in Social Welfare I 3
Electives 7 7
SWSS 148 - Social Work Theories II 3
SWSS 163- Theory/Prac Integration Sem 3
SWSS 166 - Iss & Pol in Social Welfare II 3
Total 16 16
Senior Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
SWSS 168 - Social Work Practice I 3
SWSS 171 - Field Experience Seminar I 3
SWSS 173 - Field Experience Seminar II 6
Electives 3 3
SWSS 169 - Social Work Practice II 3
SWSS 172 - Field Experience Seminar II 3
SWSS 174 - Field Experience II 6
Total 15 15

* Fulfilled through required social work courses.

In the senior year, students spend approximately fifteen hours/week over two semesters (450 total hours) as interns in a public or private social service agency. In the fall semester, students must enroll concurrently in SWSS 168, SWSS 171, and SWSS 173. In the spring semester, students must enroll concurrently in SWSS 169, SWSS 172, and SWSS 174.

1Typically, students apply for SWSS 173 Field Experience in the spring of their junior year. Application for the Field Experience requires consultation with the student's advisor to determine that all introductory and intermediate professional and required courses have been successfully completed. The process includes a written statement by the student describing his/her interests and qualifications. The advisor and Field Education coordinator also review professional readiness issues, including strengths, conduct, maturity, and areas to strengthen. When there are concerns about a student's field readiness, these concerns will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Field committee, and recommendations will be made.