Social Work

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Degree name
Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Work


To provide transformative and collaborative learning that embraces the values of social inclusion and promotes enhanced quality of life for individuals and communities. 

Major Description

The University of New England Bachelor’s in Social Work degree prepares generalist social work professionals for employment in an array of human service, mental health, and health care settings. BSW-prepared social workers acquire critical thinking and problem-solving skills to work effectively with a range of individuals and diverse populations. In addition, the program instills values that foster students’ commitment to cultural and social responsibility and advocacy for social and economic justice. BSW graduates are committed to lifelong learning and to working in partnership with others to improve the quality of life for all people.

Experiential education is realized through two sequential Field Practicum courses; BSW 410 and BSW 440. Both courses provide 450 hours over two semesters in agency/organization settings. 

Curricular Requirements

WCHP Common Curriculum


BIO 104/ 104L – General Biology  


BUEC 203 or 203G – Macroeconomics


ENG 110 – English Composition or ENG 122/123 -   College Reading & Writing I/II


EXS 120 – Personal Health & Wellness


IHS 130 – Interprofessional Health Care First Year Experience


IHS 310 – Ethics for Interprofessional Practice            


MAT 120/150 – Statistics


PSY 105 – Introduction to Psychology    


PSY 205—Abnormal Psychology    


PSY 250 – Lifespan Development 


SOC 150 – Introduction to Sociology    


SOC 240—Race, Class, & Gender


SPC 100—Introduction to Speech


Creative Arts Course (ARH/ART/MUS)        


Explorations Course 


Social Global Awareness Course    


Advanced Studies


Political Science Elective


Human Behavior Elective

Subtotal 59-61

Social Work Major Requirements


HWOS 341 – Health and Wellness in an Aging Society 


HWOS 434 – Substance Abuse and Prevention    


SSW 200 – Introduction to Social Work


SSW 300 – Human Behavior and Social Work Theory I    


SSW 310 – Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy I        


SSW 320 – Human Behavior and Social Work Theory II 


SSW 330 – Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy II


SSW 340 – Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice


SSW 350 – Ethics in Social Work Practice


SSW 400 – Social Work Methods I


SSW 410 – Field Practicum I    


SSW 420 – Field Seminar I


SSW 430 – Social Work Methods II    


SSW 440 – Field Practicum II    


SSW 450 – Field Seminar II


SSW 460 – Social Work Practice with Groups  


Social Work Electives (2 courses) 6

General Electives (2 courses)

Subtotal 61
Total Credits 120-122

Academic and Technical Standards

Students in the Bachelors in Social Work major are subject to University undergraduate academic standards as well as requirements set forth by the Westbrook College of Health Professions. 

In keeping with the guidelines of the University of New England, all undergraduate students must achieve a minimum semester-end grade point average as follows:

First Year 1.70
Fall of Second Year 1.70
Spring of Second Year 1.80
Fall of Third Year 1.80
Spring of Third Year 1.90
Fall of Fourth Year 1.90
Graduation 2.00

Failure to maintain the minimum grade point average requirements will result in academic probation as described in the Undergraduate Catalog of the University of New England.

In keeping with the guidelines for the Westbrook College of Health Professions, students must achieve a minimum grade of a “C” in the following courses:  MAT 120/150; CHE 130; BIO 104; BIO 208; BIO 209; IHS 220. (LIST ANY OTHER SCIENCE COURSES).  Failure to achieve a “C” will result in program level probation, and may affect academic progression.

Students may enroll in any math/ science courses referenced above a maximum of two times.

Students need to achieve a grade of “C” or better in BSW major coursework.

Learning Outcomes

Social Work is a competency-based education. We are, through our accreditors, mandated to ensure that our BSW graduates are competent generalist practitioners in the areas listed below: 

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Promote Social Inclusion
  4. Utilize Evidence-informed Research
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Transfer Credit

Courses completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program.  Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the required courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents.  Otherwise, they may transfer as general electives.  All courses completed must be no older than five years.  Other restrictions apply.  See Undergraduate Admissions also.


For entrance into the B.S. in Social Work major, students must have completed a high school curriculum reflective of collegiate preparation.  This profile includes: 

  • 4 years of English,
  • 3 years of mathematics,
  • 2 years of science with a laboratory,
  • and 2 years of social science.

Applicants submit their materials to the Office of Admissions during the fall of the year prior to matriculation.  Qualified students who apply after the fall are admitted on a space-available basis.

Internal Transfer Students

Students who are enrolled in another major at the University of New England may apply for admission into the B.S. in Social Work by completing a change of major form.  The Admissions Committee meets at the close of the each semester to determine eligibility.

The applicant is encouraged to explore professional possibilities by shadowing a nutrition professional, exploring professional nutrition web-sites, volunteering in a program that provides nutritional services or education to the community, and through speaking with faculty who teach in the program.  Please include any of these relevant experiences in the required essay referenced below.

The process to apply for a change of major into the B.S. in Social Work includes:

1.  Make an appointment and discuss interest in the major with a faculty/administrator of the program.

2.  Complete and submit a Request to Change a Major form.  This document is located at the University of New England Registrar’s home page.

3.  Compose an essay of 300 words (approximately) describing the rationale for change of major into the Social Work major.  Include personal interest, appropriate relevant experience, individual aptitude and personal strengths which complement the major.

4.  Demonstrate solid achievement in mathematics/ science course work and academic good standing with a grade point average of 2.5 or better at the time of the request.

5.  Submit all materials to the Program Administrator by the end of the academic semester.

See Undergraduate Admissions also.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary.  Other expenses include books and housing.  For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.