Program overview

For some people, social justice, inclusion, and compassion are more than just words — they are a call to action in a world that urgently needs our help. UNE’s Bachelor of Social Work program educates the next generation of social workers who will answer that summons. Our relationship-based learning philosophy transforms values into action. We’ll give you the experience and the knowledge you need to have a tangible, positive effect on the world you live in. You’ll embark on your career with the tools to empower and support others; find solutions to systemic problems; and build strong, caring communities. How do you plan to do good?

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Accreditation

The University of New England Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Rebecca Baker
I think that the personal connections that I’ve made with other students has been one of the highlights for me, both personally and professionally.
Social Work (M.S.W.)

Why UNE for Social Work?

You will be immersed within an innovative web of interdisciplinary University partnerships as part of your learning. Situated in a uniquely interprofessional educational environment, our program enables you to learn with and from students from a multitude of majors in the health professions and in the liberal arts.  

  • Simulation practice experiences with students in other health professions and disciplines
  • Meaningful community-based service learning
  • Exciting internship opportunities
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Certification
  • 4 + 1 option to pursue a UNE Master of Social Work degree
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Careers

Our commitment to an inclusive and student-centered learning environment and our experiential learning philosophy will prepare you for careers in human services, health care, and many other human service organizations.

There are multiple areas of social work and a wide variety of settings in which you may seek employment:

  • School Social Work
  • Medical Social Work
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Military Social Work
  • Substance Use and Recovery Services
  • Support Group Counseling
  • Family and Child Social Work
  • Jail and Prison Social Work
  • Social Policy

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.

93%

of graduates employed or continuing higher education within one year of graduation

 

81,200

new social work jobs expected to open in U.S. between 2018 and 2028

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

Academics

The Social Work major is part of UNE’s School of Social Work. The following are some examples of the rewarding courses that you may take:

  • Human Behavior and Social Work Theory
  • Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy
  • Trauma and Resiliency
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Social Work with Groups and Communities

We offer a 4+1 program that allows you to accelerate into UNE’s Master of Social Work program, so you can earn your B.S.W. and M.S.W. in just five years.

For more information, see the Curriculum, visit the Catalog, or read the B.S.W. handbook (PDF).

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Experiential Learning

You’ll take a cross-disciplinary approach as you gain practical experiences and participate in real-life community projects. At UNE, you don’t just study social work – you do social work.

Service learning

You will participate in service-learning opportunities in the spring of your junior year. Service sites include:

  • Cumberland County Jail
  • Maine Minority Health Program
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Partners for World Health
  • Local Soup Kitchens

Field internship

During your senior year, you will take part in a two-semester weekly field internship at a local social service organization where you will develop social work skills and gain critical real-world social work experience. Sites include:

  • Preble Street Resource Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Center for Grieving Children

Interprofessional education experiences

As a comprehensive health sciences university, UNE offers abundant opportunities to prepare for contemporary team-based care, utilizing clinical simulation and an array of shared learning events.

Global education

See the world

Helping other people starts with understanding their perspectives. UNE's Global Education Programs are designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of the viewpoints and customs of diverse populations through on-site immersion learning. Develop cross-cultural sensitivity by studying abroad for a semester on our own international campus in Morocco. Or choose a shorter faculty-led travel course that will take you to places such as Cuba, Iceland, Ireland, and Kenya. You may also join medical mission trips organized by the (IMM)UNE Club or the unique Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.

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