Social Work

Change the world doing something you love. If you are driven to bring change to the world, you will find no better place to start than the Social Work program at Champlain College. Dynamic classrooms and engaged community experiences align to deliver the skills you need to contribute to a more just world.

Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The combination of broad-based social work learning and extensive field experiences prepare you for a career rich in the satisfaction that comes from offering help and hope to those who need it most.

Student Academic Experience

You will jump right in to your Social Work education. Our Upside-Down Curriculum means students are enrolled in their first Social Work class in the fall of their first year and begin to connect with the professional community the following spring. You'll be able to explore cross-disciplinary areas, such as law, psychology and business to customize your education.

Our social justice framework prepares students for dynamic leadership in change efforts with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Central to our program's mission is developing competence in the professional knowledge, values and skills of generalist practice from a local to global perspective. The location of Champlain's main campus in Burlington, Vermont, is ideally suited to this mission.


Our faculty are professional social workers invested in your success. They bring extensive social work experience and practice wisdom to their teaching, mentoring, advising and professional development support. Meet your faculty.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers in health care, mental health and substance abuse, social work is expected to increase by 19% during the next decade, which is faster than average for all other occupations.

Fieldwork Opportunities

Much of your social work education will be hands-on in the greater Burlington community. The city's culture and environment unite perfectly with our social justice mission. You will have multiple opportunities for practical application of your developing skills, in agencies focused on health, mental health, human rights, crisis response, poverty and homelessness, child and family well-being, and community development. Throughout the program, you will engage in work and extracurricular activities aligned with social work locally, nationally and internationally.

Yearlong Senior Internship

In your senior year, you will be working in the field. Your senior internship will provide you with 420-plus hours of direct experience, mentored under the supervision of highly trained field instructors in community settings. Through this intense immersion, you will develop your professional identity and hone your social work skills. See where our students succeed.

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to study in another country, or even complete an internship abroad, and gain a global perspective while continuing your social work studies. You can choose to do your international study at our campuses 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. 

Accelerated MSW Potential

Through our CSWE-accredited Social Work program, you may apply to a Master of Social Work (MSW) program that will allow you to earn a master's degree in one year instead of two. If accepted, you will save a year of graduate tuition costs.

Employment Outcomes

Career outcomes for Champlain Social Work graduates are excellent: 100% of 2015 Social Work graduates are either employed or continuing their education within six months after graduating. And 100% of those employed are working in jobs directly related to their career goals.