Social Work

How can people transition from a difficult circumstance to a better place in their lives? The passion of those who go into social work fields is a deep-seated desire for social justice and a better quality of life for all. If you're driven to bring change to the world through your career, you'll find no better place to start than our Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited Social Work generalist program. You'll be equipped for effective, ethical and strength-based work that helps meet the human services needs of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. The combination of broad-based social work learning and extensive field experience prepares you for a career rich in the satisfaction that comes from offering help and hope to those who need it most.

A CSWE Accredited Program

The CSWE is a nonprofit national association representing graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country. Thanks to Champlain's Bachelor of Social Work's accreditation, you can apply for an advanced standing Master of Social Work program-a year-long master's program instead of two. If accepted, you would save a year of tuition costs and get a head start on a career with a higher-level skillset.

Upside-Down Curriculum

Thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum, you will begin your Social Work education immediately. Students take classes such as Introduction to Social Work, Survey of Community Agencies and Disabilities as Difference, and have their initial community population experience in their first year at Champlain. You'll also be able to explore cross-disciplinary areas such as legal studies, environmental policy, criminal justice, psychology and business to personalize your education.

Faculty & Small Class Sizes

Our Social Work faculty will offer you everything you need to be career-ready. Thanks to our small class sizes-an average of 17 students per class-you'll enjoy close and supportive interpersonal relationships with your field practicum coordinator, program director and Social Work instructors as you gain the competence necessary to construct useful interventions. Meet your faculty.

Fieldwork Opportunities

After an initial community experience in your first year, you can work with service agencies locally, nationally and internationally. You will build a highly marketable skill set and resume by engaging in one of many challenging fieldwork options. Social workers interact with a variety of people-children, families and elders- and thanks to our proximity to Winooski, a national Refugee Resettlement Program site, you can experience truly diverse environments.

Yearlong Senior Internship

Your senior internship will provide you with 420-plus hours of practical experience. You will be mentored under the supervision of highly experienced field instructors who practice in agency settings. This supports the integration of knowledge into practice, providing you an opportunity to conduct yourself in a professional social work role. See where our students succeed.

Study Abroad

We designed the curriculum of our majors to support a semester of optional international study, which means you can study in another country, even complete an internship abroad, and still graduate on time. You can choose to do your international study at our campus in Montreal, Canada, or in Dublin, Ireland, or elsewhere in the world through one of our Global Partners or third-party programs. Explore our study abroad options.