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Social Work students together at CESS Honors event
Lake Champlain Sunset
Social Work student hiking in mountains
Students studying on UVM Green
Social Work graduate Eyob and his mother at Commencement
Sunset over lake in the winter
Student working with youth at King Street Center
Social Work Student on Campus
Looking up at the tower of Ira Allen chapel

What is distinctive about UVM's Undergraduate Program in Social Work?

"There are so many people here who inspire me. They really care about you as a person. And I've gotten to be exposed to different communities and populations. It's taught me a lot not only about the work I want to do, but also about myself. I feel like I've grown so much internally in the way I perceive social work. It's just great."  Hannah Crowe-Cumella '18

Our rigorous program prepares you for professional social work practice in a variety of settings. This is a classroom and hands-on learning experience that requires extensive self-reflection, processing and engagement. If you’re interested in understanding and working with people and communities based on people's strengths and guided by principles of human rights and social justice, then our Social Work program is right for you.

Outstanding Advising

Our personalized advising ensures that you always have a home base on campus. You will be assigned a full-time faculty member as your academic adviser for the entire time you are in our program. We meet with our advisees regularly, not only to discuss courses, but more importantly, to mentor you into the profession of social work.

Interactive Coursework and Experiential Learning

All of our courses are structured for interactive classroom discussion. You will actively engage with the course material through case studies, simulated exercises, role play, presentations, and more. Throughout the program, you will meet social workers who work in a variety of roles, and you will have a variety of opportunities for service learning in community-based social work settings.

Tight-Knit Learning Community

In our program, students and faculty work together closely to further understand the complexities of the profession and strategize ways to address and express our commitment to making a difference on local, national and global levels.

During your junior and senior years, you’ll be in a “cohort model” of education, where students progress through their academic program together. You will take your social work courses together as a group.

Early in your junior year, this includes orienting you and your learning colleagues further to the nature of social work education, and activities to foster your collegial relationships among one another and with the faculty in a more informal gathering.

You will grapple together with social issues and policies, and develop theories and skills to affect change that improves the lives and relationships of vulnerable and marginalized people and diverse communities.

Field Education

In your senior year, you will participate in a supervised field-practicum of 15-20 hours per week over two semesters (450 total hours). A practicum is a social work internship in a social service agency where you will apply your classroom learning through professional social work assignments. You will also participate in a field seminar on campus in which students discuss their experiences and learning in their practica.


Major Requirements

Overview & Requirements

Sample 4-Year Plan

FIRST YEAR
Fall Credits Spring Credits
SWSS 002: Foundations of Social Work 3 SWSS 004: Working with Refugees 3
SWSS 009: Social Justice, Poverty and Inequality 3 Political Science Course 3
SOC 001: SU: Introduction to Sociology 3 Electives 6
ENGS 001: Written Expression 3 QR: Quantitative Reasoning Course 6
PSYS 001: Intro to Psychological Sciences 3 SPCH 011: Effective Speaking 6
Learning Community Course (LC) 1 - 3    
Semester Total: 16 - 18 Semester Total: 18
SECOND YEAR
Fall Credits Spring Credits
SWSS 060: D1: Racism and Contemporary Issues 3 BIOL 003: Human Biology or SWSS 005: Bio- sociopolitical Issues in Social Work 3
Foreign Language 3 Non-European/ Non- Western Culture 3
Humanities Course 3 Economics Course 3
Electives 6 Electives 6
Semester Total: 15 Semester Total: 15
THIRD YEAR
Fall Credits Spring Credits
SWSS 147: D2: Theories in Social Work I 3 SWSS 148: D2: Theories in Social Work II 3
SWSS 164: Intro to Social Work Research 3 SWSS 163: Theory and Integration Preparation Semester 3
SWSS 165: Issues and Policies in Social Welfare I 3 SWSS 166: Issues and Policies in Social Welfare II 3
Electives 6 Electives 6
Semester Total: 15 Semester Total: 15
FOURTH YEAR
Fall Credits Spring Credits
SWSS 168: Social Work Practice I 3 SWSS 169: Social Work Practice II 3
SWSS 171: Field Experience Seminar I 6 SWSS 172: Field Experience Seminar II 6
SWSS 173: Field Experience I 6 SWSS 174: Field Experience II 6
Elective 3 Elective 3
Semester Total: 18 Semester Total: 18

Concentrations

BSW Assessement of Learning Outcomes

Accreditation

Program Bulletins

Is UVM's Social Work program for you?

Our nationally recognized program is distinguished by:

  • Extensive field experience and service learning
  • Interactive pedagogy
  • Small cohort model
  • Outstanding, personalized advising
  • International experiences

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Questions?

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Graduate employment rate

94%

of CESS 2017 graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.

Careers

  • Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Professional
  • Social Justice Advocate
  • Government and Legislative Careers

Where alumni work

  • Clinician, Vista Del Mar, Los Angeles, CA
  • Executive Director, Stable Moments, Woodstock, GA
  • Residential Care Provider, Northeastern Family Institute, Burlington, VT
  • Mobil Crisis Case Manager, Northern Rivers Family of Services, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Strategy Associate, The Donnell-Kay Foundation, Denver, CO
  • Program Development, Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, Boston, MA
  • Capital Campaign Coordinator, Visiting Nurse Association, Chittenden and Franklin Counties, VT
  • Intensive Foster Care Social Worker, Cambridge Family and Children’s Services, Boston, MA

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