Become Great at Doing Good
The UNE School of Social Work is the most uniquely inclusive, supportive, student-centric, on-campus social work program in Southern Maine. We offer a values-based curriculum rooted in face-to-face experiences, and we offer multiple, flexible pathways to ensure that our degrees are attainable for all who aspire to make the world a better place.
The Bachelor of Social Work Program
UNE has had a long and rich tradition of educating social workers through our CSWE accredited Master of Social Work program. We are excited to now offer an undergraduate degree in social work practice. The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program prepares you with skills for generalist, broad, entry-level social work practice in a wide and varied range of social service, health, mental health and community-based settings. As a B.S.W. graduate, it is possible for you to accelerate into our M.S.W. program and complete your master's degree in one year.
Vision, Mission, Values
For some people, justice, inclusion, compassion and fairness are more than just words: they constitute a way of being—a summons to be of service in a world that urgently needs our help.
At the UNE School of Social Work, we are committed to answering that summons.
Our relationship-based, experiential learning philosophy is focused on transforming values into action. We’ll give you the experience and the knowledge you need in order to have a tangible, positive effect on the world you live in. You’ll go out into the world with the tools to empower and comfort individuals, find solutions to systemic problems, and build strong, caring communities.
The University of New England School of Social Work envisions a world where social workers are at the forefront of advocating with individuals and communities for human dignity and social inclusion by mobilizing efforts to end inequities, exploitation and violence.
The mission of the School of Social Work is to provide transformative and collaborative learning that embraces the values of social inclusion and promotes enhanced quality of life for individuals and communities.
Our values promote social inclusion1 conceptualized as actions taken to improve quality of life, access to equitable resources, enhancement of human bonds within the context of cultural diversity and engagement of people, populations and communities to fully participate in society. Towards this end:
- We promote culturally informed practice that is respectful of the complexity and diversity of people’s lives and circumstances.
- We recognize that social exclusion prevents people from full and just participation in their communities as a consequence of inequities, discrimination and disadvantage arising from adversity in early life and continuing across the life course.
- We practice social responsibility by raising public awareness of social exclusion, challenging discrimination and acting with and on behalf of groups, populations and communities.
- We support person-centered collaborative practices and partnerships that bring together diverse workers and community members to meet the best interests of individuals, families and groups.
1. “The process of improving the ability, opportunity and dignity of people, disadvantaged on the basis of their identity, to take part in society.” (2013, World Bank Publication)
References and Further Reading:
- Inclusion Matters: The Foundation for Shared Prosperity, World Bank, 2013
- The Promotion of Social Inclusion, The Charity Commission, England and Wales, 2001
- Dimensions of Social Inclusion and Exclusion In Yukon 2010, Yukon Bureau of Statistics, 2010
social work by the Numbers
The employment growth percent predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for child and family social workers
The rate at which overall employment of social workers is predicted to grow from 2012 to 2022 — a rate faster than average for all occupations
The percent by which employment opportunities for mental health and substance abuse social workers is expected to grow
The percent of increase in need for healthcare social workers with an interest and talent in working with the elderly population
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