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Social workers are professional helpers that you will find in a variety of setting and positions. For example, we work as counselors, clinical therapists, case managers, child protective workers, administrators, and community organizers.
Both the undergraduate BSW degree and the graduate MSW degree are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and prepare students to enter the field as professional social workers. CSWE accreditation makes BSW graduates eligible for state licensure at the LSW level and for advanced standing in Master of Social Work degree programs nationwide. MSW graduates are immediately eligible for licensure as social workers at the graduate level (LCSW in MA) and ultimates for the advanced clinical license (LICSW in MA).
Over 95 percent of our BSW graduates are accepted at graduate schools or find employment in their field within one year of graduation. MSW graduate post placement rates are above 95% for our graduates to be working in the field within 1 year of receiving their MSW.
All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training.
We are pleased each year to honor outstanding accomplishments and contributions to our profession through the following awards: BSW Alumnae Award, MSW Alumnae Award, BSW Field Instructor Award, MSW Field Instructor Award and the Community Partner Award.
Graduates of the BSW and MSW Programs work in a variety of settings including:
BSW and MSW students complete hands-on practicum experiences in social work agencies as part of their degree program. BSW students complete a 400 hour practicum and MSW students complete two practica totaling 900 hours. The Department of Social Work offers practicum opportunities in a wide variety of agencies in the geographic region.
The primary purpose of this club is to provide its members with information pertaining to the field of social work.