The Department of Social Work’s undergraduate program offers both a major and a minor in social work. The baccalaureate program at the University of New Hampshire is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and must meet rigorous academic standards to retain this accreditation. Social work majors pursue a program that encompasses the professional social work foundation of social welfare policy, social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, research, and field education. Course content on values and ethics, human rights, human diversity, and social and economic justice is integrated throughout the curriculum.
To enable students to gain direct experience and to integrate classroom content with the demands of professional social work practice, students are required to engage in 40 hours of volunteer service as well as a 450-hour social work internship over two semesters during the senior year. The senior field placement is a “capstone” experience in the final year of the baccalaureate program and is arranged between the student and the field education coordinator. Students are required to pay a liability insurance fee for their off-campus field education experience. Click here or more information on field education.
Social work majors earn the B.S. degree with a notation on their University records, “majored in social work.” This is equivalent to a B.S.W. degree. Graduates are eligible for practice in a variety of social work settings throughout the United States and full membership in the National Association of Social Workers. In addition, qualified graduates may be eligible for advanced standing in M.S.W. programs which offer advanced standing.
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