The social work major is designed to prepare students for beginning-level generalist professional social work practice in a broad range of social work settings. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work qualifies graduates to sit for the Licensed Social Worker examination in the State of Maine and in many other states.
Social workers help people cope with complex interpersonal and social problems, obtain the resources they need to live with dignity, and work for the social changes necessary to make society more responsive to people’s needs. Based on a strong liberal arts foundation, social work majors acquire the knowledge, skills and values necessary for the professional practice of social work.
Graduates of the program are employed in public and voluntary social agencies in settings such as child and adult protective services, hospitals, mental health centers, schools, correctional institutions, nursing homes and many others. B.A.S.W. graduates are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing in many graduate programs in social work. Advanced standing gives graduate course credit for work completed in the undergraduate social work program, thus shortening the time needed to complete the requirements for the Master of Social Work degree.
The undergraduate curriculum in Social Work builds upon a solid liberal arts foundation with courses in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policies and issues, social work research, social work practice and field instruction. During the junior and senior years, students complete internships in programs such as child protective services, medical social work, adolescent pregnancy prevention services, geriatric social work, community mental health services, and community organization. Sequencing of courses which are a prerequisite for enrollment into the Junior Year Field Experience is important.