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Social work is the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, or communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to that goal. In general, social work is planned, purposeful intervention, based on professional knowledge, values, and skills which are aimed at both individual and social change. Social workers seek to strengthen and improve the capability of people and systems to cope with the tasks and problems they face in life and to promote improvements in the social environment which will enable human needs to be more adequately met.

Social work is an active "doing" profession with a long history of caring for persons and social change. Social workers are involved in wide-ranging tasks in many different public and private auspices. Some of the kinds of places social workers can be found include: child and adult protective services, counseling and mental health centers, probation and parole, neighborhood & community organizations, schools, employee assistance programs, labor unions, hospital and long term care facilities. Social workers can be found almost any place where people and organizations come together.

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 accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a nationally recognized accrediting organization. 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's 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 UWRF social work faculty is committed to providing students with the values, skills, and knowledge to be caring and effective professionals. 

The program of study in social work includes the following courses: 

  • SWK 150 Introduction to Social Work Services.
  • SWK 205 Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare.
  • SWK 215 Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
  • SWK 250 Use, Abuse & Addiction.
  • SWK 260 Practice with Diverse Populations.
  • SWK 300 Social Work Research Methods.
  • SWK 324 Theory & Practice of Social Work I (Micro).
  • SWK 325 Theory & Practice of Social Work II (Small Groups).
  • SWK 350 Social Welfare Policy.
  • SWK 424 Advanced Interviewing & Crisis Intervention.
  • SWK 426 Theory & Practice of Social Work III (Macro Practice).
  • SWK 389 Special Topics in Social Work (Mental Health, Child Welfare, Suicide, Family).
  • SWK 472 Social Work Field Instruction (In a Social Work Agency).
  • SWK 480 Senior Integrative Seminar.
  • SWK 481 Integrating Practice & Research.

UWRF bachelor's of social work students engage in a two-semester fieldwork experience in their senior year. The experience consists of a 450-hour internship supervised by accredited social work field instructors. More than 60 agencies located in the Twin Cities, western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota participate to provide opportunities for real-world practice.

Admissions Procedures

For complete information on how to apply, contact the admissions office.

Social Work Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

CSWE Assessment Report 2014

Contact Us

Dr. Ogden Rogers, Program Director
Office: 715-425-3655
203 Wyman Education Building

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