UW-River Falls offers students a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) - a major in social work. At the undergraduate level, this liberal arts course of study prepares a student for beginning, generalist, and professional practice. The program is competitive, and students holding an accredited BSW may receive recognition by graduate programs in social work, leading to advanced standing toward a Master of Social Work degree (MSW), the terminal practice degree in the profession. State licensing boards in social work recognize the UWRF BSW as meeting requirements to sit for licensure examinations.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the nationally recognized accrediting organization in professional social work. The BSW is a professional course of study grounded in a liberal arts foundation. Students pursue a broad area major of a course work and engage in a 450 hour internship supervised by accredited social work field instructors.
UW-River Falls BSW students engage in a two-semester fieldwork experience in their senior year. The experience is at least a 450 hour internship supervised by accredited social work field instructors. Over 60 agencies located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota participate to provide opportunities for real-world practice. The two senior seminars, Advanced Interviewing, and Theory and Practice II, are designed to make a complete experience covering all curriculum objectives. These courses each utilize field placement experiences to facilitate integrating the knowledge, values and skills learned in the classroom with practice.