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U N E Social work students participate with the Boys and Girls clubThe Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program at the University of New England 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 social worker you will have opportunities to touch the lives of people across the life span — from newborns to elders and their families. You’ll graduate with knowledge and skills to enhance the well-being of all people and to secure resources to assure that basic human needs are met.

UNE has a long and rich tradition of educating social workers through our CSWE accredited Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program. We are excited to now offer an undergraduate degree in social work practice. As a B.S.W. graduate, you can accelerate into our M.S.W. program and complete your Master’s degree in one year.

As a future social worker, you will examine issues including:

  • How can we identify and meet the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations, such as those experiencing mental illness, poverty, domestic violence, or substance abuse?
  • What is social justice and how do we promote equal rights for all people?
  • How does discrimination affect quality of life and how can we work together to enhance human dignity, health, and well-being across the life span?
  • What skills do I need to build effective relationships with clients and colleagues?
  • What does it mean to be culturally competent and to work with people from different countries?
  • How can we improve programs — for example mental health services for children — so that they provide needed services?
  • In what ways do social work values such as human dignity, self-determination, and economic and social justice guide practice decisions and actions? 


The B.S.W. curriculum builds upon a science and humanities foundation and then concentrates on courses relevant to social work generallist practice and hands-on experiences:

  • Study of Human Behavior and Social Work Theory; Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy; Evidence-based Practice for Human Service and Social Justice; Health and Wellness in an Aging Society; and Substance Abuse and Prevention.
  • Supervised field practicum experiences at community social work locations providing you with the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge and theoretical frameworks.
  • Flexible electives for graduate school preparation, declaration of a minor, exploration of interests or studying abroad.

For more information, see Curriculum.