social-work

Social work's special contribution rests on an established body of knowledge, values and skills pertinent to understanding human relationships and the interaction between people as individuals, in families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Undergraduates in the School of Social Work receive a liberal arts education in the social and behavioral sciences and their application to human problems that prepares them to be informed citizens involved in human services or social welfare problems and policies. Students take courses in a variety of social sciences to enable them to view social welfare in its broad social, economic, and political contexts.

Social work courses offer a theoretical understanding of social problems and an introduction to practice methods used by social workers. The curriculum covers such areas as aging, family and child welfare, poverty, mental health, developmental disabilities, alcohol and drug abuse, diversity, race and ethnicity, criminal justice, oppression and social, economic and environmental justice, and at-risk populations.

MISSION

The mission of the UW–Madison School of Social Work is to enhance human well-being and promote human rights and social and economic justice for people who are disadvantaged to achieve an equitable, healthy, and productive society. The school aims to:

  • Create, advance, strengthen, and integrate interdisciplinary knowledge for students and the profession through research, scholarship, teaching and practice.
  • Educate students to become highly skilled, culturally competent and ethical practitioners who will provide effective leadership for the profession of social work within the State of Wisconsin, nationally, and internationally.
  • Promote change at levels ranging from the individual to national and international policy, including empowering communities and populations that are disadvantaged and developing humane service delivery systems.
  • Create and disseminate knowledge regarding the prevention and amelioration of social problems.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

The School of Social Work offers a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree or a bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree with a major in social welfare. The BSW and the social welfare major prepare students for further academic study or for employment in selected human service arenas. The social welfare major offers an overview of current social problems.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

BSW students and social welfare majors often choose the following certificate programs: American Indian studies, business, criminal justice, gender and women's studies, global health, LGBTQ+ studies, and religious studies. More details about certificates are available in this Guide.

Regardless of  program of interest, students begin their course of study by taking SOC WORK 205 and SOC WORK 206 in either the freshman or sophomore year. Students can declare the social welfare major as early as the freshman year as long as they are enrolled in SOC WORK 205 and/or SOC WORK 206. More typically, students declare the major in the sophomore year while in or having competed SOC WORK 205 and/or SOC WORK 206. To declare the major, students should make an appointment and meet with one of the social welfare academic advisors at the School of Social Work.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

College of Letters & Science Breadth and Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Students pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in the College of Letters & Science must complete all of the requirements below. The College of Letters & Science allows this major to be paired with either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science curriculum. View a comparison of the degree requirements here.

Bachelor of Arts degree requirements

Mathematics Fulfilled with completion of University General Education requirements Quantitative Reasoning a (QR A) and Quantitative Reasoning b (QR B) coursework. Please note that some majors may require students to complete additional math coursework beyond the B.A. mathematics requirement.
Foreign Language
  • Complete the fourth unit of a foreign language; OR
  • Complete the third unit of a foreign language and the second unit of an additional foreign language

Note: A unit is one year of high school work or one semester/term of college work.
L&S Breadth
  • Humanities, 12 credits: 6 of the 12 credits must be in literature
  • Social Sciences, 12 credits
  • Natural Sciences, 12 credits: must include one 3+ credit course in the biological sciences; must include one 3+ credit course in the physical sciences
Liberal Arts and Science Coursework 108 credits
Depth of Intermediate/Advanced work 60 intermediate or advanced credits
Major Declare and complete at least one (1) major
Total Credits 120 credits
UW-Madison Experience 30 credits in residence, overall
30 credits in residence after the 86th credit
Minimum GPAs 2.000 in all coursework at UW–Madison
2.000 in intermediate/advanced coursework at UW–Madison

Non–L&S students pursuing an L&S major

Non–L&S students who have permission from their school/college to pursue an additional major within L&S only need to fulfill the major requirements and do not need to complete the L&S breadth and degree requirements above.  Please note that the following special degree programs are not considered majors so are not available to non–L&S degree-seeking candidates:  

  • Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics (Bachelor of Science–Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics)
  • Journalism (Bachelor of Arts–Journalism; Bachelor of Science–Journalism)
  • Music (Bachelor of Music)
  • Social Work (Bachelor of Social Work)

Requirements for the Major

Complete a minimum of 32 credits, to be attained via the requirements detailed below.

Social Welfare Policy & Services

Complete both:
SOC WORK 205 Introduction to the Field of Social Work4
SOC WORK 206 Introduction to Social Policy4

Social Science Concentration

Complete two Intermediate or Advanced level courses from one of the following social science concentration areas:1

Afro-American Studies

AFROAMER 302 Undergraduate Studies in Afro-American History3
AFROAMER 303 Blacks, Film, and Society3
AFROAMER/​HISTORY  321 Afro-American History Since 19003-4
AFROAMER/​GEN&WS  323 Gender, Race and Class: Women in U.S. History3
AFROAMER/​GEN&WS  333 Black Feminisms3
AFROAMER/​HISTORY  347 The Caribbean and its Diasporas3
AFROAMER/​HISTORY  393 Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1848-18773-4
AFROAMER/​ASIAN AM  443 Mutual Perceptions of Racial Minorities3
AFROAMER/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST  523 Race, American Medicine and Public Health3
AFROAMER/​ED POL  567 History of African American Education3
AFROAMER 631 Colloquium in Afro-American History3
AFROAMER 671 Selected Topics in Afro-American History3
AFROAMER 673 Selected Topics in Afro-American Society3

American Indian Studies

AMER IND/​ENVIR ST  306 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment3
AMER IND/​ANTHRO  314 Indians of North America3
AMER IND/​ENVIR ST/​GEOG  345 Managing Nature in Native North America3
AMER IND/​ANTHRO  353 Indians of the Western Great Lakes3
AMER IND/​LSC  444 Native American Environmental Issues and the Media3
AMER IND 450 Issues in American Indian Studies3
AMER IND/​HISTORY  490 American Indian History3-4
AMER IND/​HDFS  522 American Indian Families3
AMER IND/​C&E SOC/​SOC  578 Poverty and Place3

Anthropology

ANTHRO 300 Cultural Anthropology: Theory and Ethnography3
ANTHRO/​AMER IND  314 Indians of North America3
ANTHRO 321 The Emergence of Human Culture3
ANTHRO 330 Topics in Ethnology3-4
ANTHRO/​RELIG ST  343 Anthropology of Religion3-4
ANTHRO 345 Family, Kin and Community in Anthropological Perspective3
ANTHRO 348 Economic Anthropology3-4
ANTHRO 350 Political Anthropology3-4
ANTHRO/​AMER IND  353 Indians of the Western Great Lakes3
ANTHRO 365 Medical Anthropology3
ANTHRO/​GEN&WS  443 Anthropology by Women3
ANTHRO 448 Anthropology of Law3
ANTHRO 477 Anthropology, Environment, and Development3
ANTHRO 545 Psychological Anthropology3
ANTHRO/​ED POL  570 Anthropology and Education3

Asian American Studies

ASIAN AM/​SOC  220 Ethnic Movements in the United States3-4
ASIAN AM 240 Topics in Asian American Studies (when topic is appropriate)3
ASIAN AM/​ASIAN/​HISTORY  246 Southeast Asian Refugees of the "Cold" War4
ASIAN AM/​ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  276 Chinese Migrations since 15003-4
ASIAN AM/​AFROAMER  443 Mutual Perceptions of Racial Minorities3
ASIAN AM 540 Special Topics3

Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

CHICLA/​POLI SCI  231 Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies3-4
CHICLA/​GEN&WS/​HISTORY  245 Chicana and Latina History3
CHICLA 301 Chicana/o and Latina/o History3
CHICLA/​POLI SCI  302 Mexican-American Politics3-4
CHICLA 315 Racial Formation and Whiteness3
CHICLA/​CURRIC  321 Chicano/Latino Educational Justice3
CHICLA 330 Topics in Chicano/a Studies3-4
CHICLA/​COUN PSY  331 Immigrant Health and Wellbeing3
CHICLA/​GEN&WS  332 Latinas: Self Identity and Social Change3
CHICLA/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​POLI SCI  355 Labor in the Americas: US & Mexico in Comparative & Historical Perspective3
CHICLA/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI  422 Latino History and Politics3
CHICLA/​HISTORY  435 Colony, Nation, and Minority: The Puerto Ricans' World3
CHICLA/​LEGAL ST/​SOC  443 Immigration, Crime, and Enforcement3-4
CHICLA/​SOC  470 Sociodemographic Analysis of Mexican Migration3
CHICLA 501 Chican@ and Latin@ Social Movements in the U.S.3
CHICLA/​COUN PSY  525 Dimensions of Latin@ Mental Health Services3

Economics

ECON/​FINANCE  300 Introduction to Finance3
ECON 301 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory4
ECON 302 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory4
ECON/​HIST SCI  305 Development of Economic Thought3-4
ECON/​A A E/​REAL EST/​URB R PL  306 The Real Estate Process3
ECON 311 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory - Advanced Treatment3
ECON 312 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory - Advanced Treatment3
ECON/​A A E/​ENVIR ST  343 Environmental Economics3-4
ECON 364 Survey of International Economics3-4
ECON 370 Economics of Poverty and Inequality3
ECON 390 Contemporary Economic Issues3
ECON/​REAL EST/​URB R PL  420 Urban and Regional Economics3
ECON 441 Analytical Public Finance3-4
ECON 448 Human Resources and Economic Growth3-4
ECON/​ENVIR ST/​POLI SCI/​URB R PL  449 Government and Natural Resources3-4
ECON 450 Wages and the Labor Market3-4
ECON/​HISTORY  466 The American Economy Since 18653-4
ECON 467 International Industrial Organizations3-4
ECON/​A A E  474 Economic Problems of Developing Areas3
ECON 475 Economics of Growth3-4
ECON 508 Wealth and Income3
ECON 521 Game Theory and Economic Analysis3-4
ECON 522 Law and Economics3-4
ECON/​PHILOS  524 Philosophy and Economics3
ECON/​A A E/​F&W ECOL  531 Natural Resource Economics3
ECON/​POP HLTH/​PUB AFFR  548 The Economics of Health Care3-4
ECON 623 Population Economics3-4
ECON/​REAL EST/​URB R PL  641 Housing Economics and Policy3
ECON/​SOC  663 Population and Society3
ECON/​A A E/​ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  671 Energy Economics3

Gender and Women's Studies

GEN&WS/​C&E SOC/​SOC  215 Gender and Work in Rural America3
GEN&WS 320 Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society1-3
GEN&WS/​AFROAMER  323 Gender, Race and Class: Women in U.S. History3
GEN&WS/​AFROAMER  326 Race and Gender in Post-World War II U.S. Society3
GEN&WS 331 Topics in Gender/Class/Race/Ethnicity (Social Sciences)3
GEN&WS/​CHICLA  332 Latinas: Self Identity and Social Change3
GEN&WS/​AFROAMER  333 Black Feminisms3
GEN&WS 340 Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality3
GEN&WS 342 Transgender Studies3-4
GEN&WS/​HISTORY  353 Women and Gender in the U.S. to 18703-4
GEN&WS/​HISTORY  354 Women and Gender in the U.S. Since 18703-4
GEN&WS 420 Women in Cross-Societal Perspective3
GEN&WS/​LEGAL ST  422 Women and the Law3
GEN&WS 424 Women's International Human Rights3
GEN&WS/​LEGAL ST/​SOC  425 Crime, Gender and Justice3
GEN&WS 426 Women and Grassroots Politics Across the Globe3
GEN&WS/​POLI SCI  429 Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective3-4
GEN&WS 441 Contemporary Feminist Theories3
GEN&WS/​ANTHRO  443 Anthropology by Women3
GEN&WS 446 Queer of Color Critique3
GEN&WS/​POLI SCI  469 Women and Politics3-4
GEN&WS/​SOC  477 Feminism and Sociological Theory3
GEN&WS/​HISTORY  519 Sexuality, Modernity and Social Change3
GEN&WS/​PSYCH  522 Psychology of Women and Gender3
GEN&WS 534 Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction: Public Health Perspectives3
GEN&WS/​INTL ST  535 Women's Global Health and Human Rights3
GEN&WS/​HIST SCI  537 Childbirth in the United States3
GEN&WS 547 Theorizing Intersectionality3
GEN&WS/​SOC  611 Gender, Science and Technology3

Political Science

POLI SCI/​LEGAL ST  217 Law, Politics and Society3-4
POLI SCI/​CHICLA  231 Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies3-4
POLI SCI 272 Introduction to Public Policy3-4
POLI SCI/​CHICLA  302 Mexican-American Politics3-4
POLI SCI 305 Elections and Voting Behavior3-4
POLI SCI 309 Civil Liberties in the United States3-4
POLI SCI 311 United States Congress3-4
POLI SCI 314 Criminal Law and Justice3-4
POLI SCI 330 Political Economy of Development3
POLI SCI 347 Terrorism3
POLI SCI 348 Analysis of International Relations3-4
POLI SCI 350 International Political Economy3-4
POLI SCI 351 Politics of the World Economy3-4
POLI SCI 354 International Institutions and World Order3-4
POLI SCI/​CHICLA/​HISTORY/​LACIS  355 Labor in the Americas: US & Mexico in Comparative & Historical Perspective3
POLI SCI 356 Principles of International Law3-4
POLI SCI 408 The American Presidency3-4
POLI SCI 410 Citizenship, Democracy, and Difference4
POLI SCI 411 The American Constitution : Powers and Structures of Government4
POLI SCI 412 The American Constitution: Rights and Civil Liberties4
POLI SCI 414 The Supreme Court as a Political Institution3
POLI SCI 415 The Separation of Powers and Federal Courts3
POLI SCI 417 The American Judicial System3-4
POLI SCI 421 The Challenge of Democratization3-4
POLI SCI/​CHICLA/​HISTORY  422 Latino History and Politics3
POLI SCI/​GEN&WS  429 Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective3-4
POLI SCI/​INTL ST  431 Contentious Politics3-4
POLI SCI 432 Comparative Legal Institutions3-4
POLI SCI/​INTL ST  434 The Politics of Human Rights3-4
POLI SCI/​INTL ST  439 The Comparative Study of Genocide3-4
POLI SCI/​ECON/​ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  449 Government and Natural Resources3-4
POLI SCI/​GEN&WS  469 Women and Politics3-4
POLI SCI 470 The First Amendment3-4
POLI SCI 510 Politics of Government Regulation3-4
POLI SCI 511 Campaign Finance3-4
POLI SCI 514 Interest Group Politics3-4
POLI SCI 516 Political Communications3-4
POLI SCI 561 Radical Political Theory3-4
POLI SCI 601 Proseminar: Topics in Political Science (when topic is appropriate)3

Psychology

PSYCH 311 Issues in Psychology (when topic is appropriate)1-4
PSYCH 401 Psychology, Law, and Social Policy3
PSYCH 403 Psychology of Personality3
PSYCH 405 Abnormal Psychology3-4
PSYCH 413 Language, Mind, and Brain3
PSYCH 414 Cognitive Psychology3
PSYCH 428 Introduction to Cultural Psychology3-4
PSYCH/​SOC  453 Human Sexuality4
PSYCH/​SOC  456 Introductory Social Psychology3-4
PSYCH 460 Child Development3-4
PSYCH 464 Adult Development and Aging3
PSYCH 501 Depth Topic in Social Science (when topic is appropriate)4
PSYCH 502 Cognitive Development4
PSYCH 503 Social Development4
PSYCH 508 Psychology of Human Emotions: From Biology to Culture4
PSYCH 510 Critical Issues in Child Psychopathology4
PSYCH 513 Hormones, Brain, and Behavior4
PSYCH/​GEN&WS  522 Psychology of Women and Gender3
PSYCH 525 Cognition in Health and Society4
PSYCH 526 The Criminal Mind: Forensic and Psychobiological Perspectives4
PSYCH 532 Psychological Effects of the Internet4
PSYCH 607 Introduction to Clinical Psychology3

Sociology

SOC 181 Honors Introductory Seminar-The Sociological Enterprise3-4
SOC/​C&E SOC  210 Survey of Sociology3-4
SOC/​C&E SOC  211 The Sociological Enterprise3
SOC/​ASIAN AM  220 Ethnic Movements in the United States3-4
SOC/​A A E/​C&E SOC  340 Issues in Food Systems3-4
SOC 421 Processes of Deviant Behavior3-4
SOC 441 Criminology3-4
SOC/​CHICLA/​LEGAL ST  443 Immigration, Crime, and Enforcement3-4
SOC 446 Juvenile Delinquency3-4
SOC/​PSYCH  453 Human Sexuality4
SOC/​PSYCH  456 Introductory Social Psychology3-4
SOC/​CHICLA  470 Sociodemographic Analysis of Mexican Migration3
SOC/​C&E SOC  475 Classical Sociological Theory3
SOC 476 Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC/​GEN&WS  477 Feminism and Sociological Theory3
SOC/​C&E SOC  533 Public Health in Rural & Urban Communities3
SOC 535 Talk and Social Interaction3
SOC/​C&E SOC/​ENVIR ST  540 Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability3
SOC/​C&E SOC  541 Environmental Stewardship and Social Justice3
SOC 543 Collective Behavior3
SOC/​C&E SOC  573 Community Organization and Change3
SOC 575 Sociological Perspectives on the Life Course and Aging3
SOC/​AMER IND/​C&E SOC  578 Poverty and Place3
SOC/​GEN&WS  611 Gender, Science and Technology3
SOC/​C&E SOC/​URB R PL  617 Community Development3
SOC 621 Class, State and Ideology: an Introduction to Marxist Social Science3
SOC/​C&E SOC  623 Gender, Society, and Politics3
SOC 624 Political Sociology3
SOC 626 Social Movements3
SOC/​C&E SOC  630 Sociology of Developing Societies/Third World3
SOC 632 Sociology of Organizations3-4
SOC 633 Social Stratification3
SOC 640 Sociology of the Family3
SOC/​LAW/​LEGAL ST  641 Sociology of Law3-4
SOC/​C&E SOC/​URB R PL  645 Modern American Communities3
SOC/​ED POL  648 Sociology of Education3
SOC/​C&E SOC  650 Sociology of Agriculture3
SOC/​C&E SOC  652 Sociology of Economic Institutions3
SOC/​C&E SOC  655 Microfoundations of Economic Sociology3
SOC/​ECON  663 Population and Society3
SOC/​HISTORY  670 Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy in America Since 18903-4
SOC/​C&E SOC  676 Applied Demography: Planning and Policy3
SOC 678 Sociology of Persecution3

Human behavior & the social environment

Complete both:
SOC WORK 457 Human Behavior and the Environment (junior year, spring semester)3
SOC WORK 640 Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice in Social Work (junior year, fall semester)3

Statistics & Research

Statistics
Complete one course from:3-4
Introduction to Statistical Methods (recommended)
Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
Basic Statistics for Psychology
Statistics for Sociologists I
Research
Complete one course from:3-4
Methods of Social Work Research
Research Methods
Methods of Sociological Inquiry
Total Credits6-8

Electives in social welfare

Complete two Intermediate or Advanced level SOC WORK courses. 2

Residence and quality of work

  • 2.000 GPA in all SOC WORK and all major courses
  • 2.000 GPA on 15 upper-level major credits taken in residence3
  • 15 credits in SOC WORK, taken on the UW–Madison campus

Honors in the Major

Students may apply for admission to Honors in the Major in consultation with the social welfare undergraduate advisor before beginning the Senior Honors Thesis. Students must make arrangements with a faculty member to sponsor their research project before admission will be granted.

Honors in the Major Requirements

To earn Honors in the Major, students must satisfy both the requirements for the major (above) and the following additional requirements:

  • Earn a 3.300 University GPA
  • Earn a 3.400 GPA for all SOC WORK and all major courses
  • Complete SOC WORK 650
  • Complete one SOC WORK elective related to Senior Honors Thesis research topic
  • Complete SOC WORK 579 concurrently with SOC WORK 681
  • Complete a two-semester Senior Honors Thesis in SOC WORK 681 and SOC WORK 682, for a total of 6 credits, with a grade of B or better
  • Present thesis results at a department colloquium.

University Degree Requirements  

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. Identify foundational aspects of the US social welfare system and the history of the social work profession.
  2. Recognize human differences and how social welfare systems interact with these differences to shape opportunities and outcomes for individuals, groups, and communities.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate research with respect to its relevance, quality, and utility for addressing social welfare issues.
  4. Synthesize and communicate knowledge relevant to social welfare issues.
  5. Practice self-awareness of one’s values, beliefs, and biases regarding the causes and consequences of social welfare issues.
  6. Connect awareness of self, systems and social welfare knowledge to promote human dignity and justice.

This sample plan is a tool to assist you and your advisor(s). Use it along with your DARS report and the Course Guide. You will make your own four year plan based on your placement scores, incoming credits, and individual interests.

As you become involved in athletics, honors, research, student organizations, study abroad, volunteer experiences, and/or work, you might adjust the order of your courses to make room for these experiences. Social welfare majors are encouraged to gain social service experience through volunteer work. See the social work advisors or contact the Morgridge Center for Public Service, 263-2432, for information on volunteering.

Students wishing to apply to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program must do so in Spring of Junior year.

You will likely revise your four year plan several times during college. While your credits per term may vary, they should add up to 120 in the end.

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Communication A3Ethnic Studies3-4
Quantitative Reasoning A3-4Literature Breadth4
Biological Science Breadth3Physical Science Breadth3
Foreign Language (if needed)4Foreign Language (if needed)4
 14 14
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC WORK 205 (can be taken Freshman or Sophomore year)4SOC WORK 206 (can be taken Freshman or Sophomore year)4
Humanities Breadth4Communication B4
Literature Breadth4Science Breadth3-4
Elective3Elective4
INTER-LS 21011 
 16 15
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC WORK 6403SOC WORK 4573
STAT 301, 371, PSYCH 210, or SOC 3603SOC WORK elective (I/A-level)3-4
Social Science Concentration course23-4Social Science Concentration course23-4
Electives (I/A-level)6I/A COMP SCI, MATH, or STAT (if B.S.)3-4
 16 15
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC WORK elective (I/A-level)3-4SOC WORK 6503
Electives (I/A-level)12SOC WORK elective (I/A-level)3-4
 Electives (I/A-level)8
 15 15
Total Credits 120

Note: SOC WORK 100 is a pre-major elective course that can be taken in the first year, if offered; it is not required for the major.

Advising

Students interested in either the social welfare major or bachelor of social work meet with the social work advisors to discuss degree requirements; career opportunities; complete the major declaration; and confer on student issues and concerns. Advisors are an excellent resource for information about campus and community services. Students should see an advisor at least once each semester to review academic progress. Advising appointments are made through the school's website or by calling 608-263-3660. Social work faculty members are available for advice about coursework, research, and the social work profession in general.

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

Students should set up their profiles in Handshake to take care of everything they need to explore career events, manage their campus interviews, and apply to jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers around the country.

Professors: Lawrence M. Berger, MSW, Ph.D.; Marah H. Curtis, MSW, Ph.D.; Betty J. Kramer,  MSSW, Ph.D.; Katherine Magnuson, Ph.D.; Daniel R. Meyer, MSW, Ph.D.; Stephanie A. Robert, MSW, Ph.D.; Tracy Schroepfer, MSW, Ph.D., Kristen Slack, A.M., Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Tally Moses, MSW, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Lauren Bishop, Ph.D.; Pajarita Charles, MPA, MSW, Ph.D.; Lara Gerassi, MSW, Ph.D.; Jooyoung Kong, MSW, Ph.D.; Jessica Pac, Ph.D.; Alejandra Ros Pilarz, Ph.D.;  Tova Walsh, MSW, Ph.D.; Yang Sao Xiong, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor: Audrey Conn, MSSW, APSW; Alice Egan, MSSW, APSW; Ellen Smith, MSSW

Clinical Assistant Professors: Laura Dresser, MSW, Ph.D.; Amanda Ngola, MSW, LCSW; Lynette Studer, MSSW, Ph.D.; Angela Willits, MSW, LCSW