The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (commonly referred to as a BSW) prepares the student for professional practice of social work at the entry level. This major consists of 45 credits in required social work courses. In addition, 30 credits of foundation courses must be completed in other departments. To major in social work, all students must maintain a 2.5 over all cumulative grade point average, and a grade of C (2.0) or better in all major and foundation classes. Students with a BSW can become licensed at the LSW level in the State of Maine. The BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The Masters in Social Work Program (commonly reffered to as MSW) will educate and produce advanced social work practitioners.The graduation requirement for the MSW degree is 61 credits, which can be taken in a two-year sequence or a four-year sequence. Students will be admitted as a cohort group either to the two-year or four-year sequence. The advanced standing program is 33 credits which is the concentration year of the MSW program (including three elective courses). The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
School of Social Work Mission Statement
The University of Southern Maine’s School of Social Work educates culturally-responsive/informed, strengths-oriented, community-embedded social workers. Our graduates are prepared for direct practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, promoting social justice through critical inquiry and civic participation.
School of Social Work Diversity Statement
Commitment to diversity is an integral part of the School of Social Work’s mission. The School of Social Work faculty and staff are committed to preparing culturally competent social work practitioners. We welcome and honor people of all ages, abilities, creeds, cultures, genders, races, sexual orientations, and socio-economic statuses. We value intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, academic freedom, and integrity, and vigorously promote a safe atmosphere where ideas can be presented and challenged in a mutually respectful manner. We promote values of social justice and social change, and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice through partnership with the community and in our teaching, scholarship, and service endeavors.
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School of Social Work Faculty and Staff