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Social Work students together at CESS Honors event
Lake Champlain Sunset
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 makes UVM's Bachelor of Social Work Program so distinctive?

"Since my first day joining CESS, I felt a strong sense of belonging. I have no problem digging deep and being vulnerable in my learning. My cohort is filled with amazing individuals who bring so much joy into my life and inspire me to keep pushing myself when I feel discouraged or struggling to stay motivated. The memories we have created will forever be ingrained in my brain."  -Franky Bahati '23

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 program is right for you.

Personalized Advising

Our personalized advising ensures that you always have a home base on campus. You will have a full-time faculty member as your academic adviser throughout the entire program. We meet with our advisees regularly to discuss courses and to mentor you into the profession of social work.

Interactive Coursework and Field Experience

All of our courses are structured for interactive classroom discussion. You will actively engage with 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 and take social work courses together as a group. You and your learning colleagues will continue to foster your collegial relationships among one another and with the faculty in a more informal gathering. Together, 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

SWSS 1020: Foundations of Social Work3SWSS 1040: Working with Refugees3
SWSS 1090: Social Justice, Poverty and Inequality3Political Science Course3
SOC 001: SU: Introduction to Sociology3Electives6
ENGS 001: Written Expression3QR: Quantitative Reasoning Course6
PSYS 001: Intro to Psychological Sciences3SPCH 011: Effective Speaking6
Learning Community Course (LC)1 - 3  
Semester Total:16 - 18Semester Total:18
SWSS 1600: D1: Racism and Contemporary Issues3BIOL 003: Human Biology or SWSS 005: Bio- sociopolitical Issues in Social Work3
Foreign Language3Non-European/ Non- Western Culture3
Humanities Course3Economics Course3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
SWSS 3470: D2: Theories in Social Work I3SWSS 3480: D2: Theories in Social Work II3
SWSS 3670: Intro to Social Work Research3SWSS 3630: Theory and Integration Preparation Semester3
SWSS 3650: Issues and Policies in Social Welfare I3SWSS 3660: Issues and Policies in Social Welfare II3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
SWSS 4680: Social Work Practice I3SWSS 4690: Social Work Practice II3
SWSS 4710: Field Experience Seminar I6SWSS 4720: Field Experience Seminar II6
SWSS 4730: Field Experience I6SWSS 4740: Field Experience II6
Semester Total:18Semester Total:18


BSW Assessement of Learning Outcomes


Program Bulletins

Is UVM's Social Work program for you?

  • Extensive field experience and service-learning
  • Inclusive and highly supportive community
  • Commitment to social justice and human rights
  • Personalized advising
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • National accreditation

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Graduate employment rate



  • 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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