Make a Difference with a Degree in Social Work

undergrad social work

Are you passionate about making a difference in the world? In your city? In your community? A career in Social Work may be for you!

Our program emphasizes social and economic justice for populations at risk — meaning that you can make a change in the lives of real people. Professional social workers assist individuals, groups, and communities to restore or enhance their ability to function as they overcome some of life's most difficult challenges:

  • poverty
  • addiction
  • physical and mental illness
  • discrimination
  • loss

In fact, professional social workers are the nation's largest group of providers of mental health services, ahead of psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses.

Earn a Professional Degree

If you graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work you will be prepared to enter the profession at entry-level. Many students who want a career in social work believe a degree in psychology or sociology will prepare them to compete for most social work positions. This is not the case — only students with a degree in social work are qualified to obtain related professional positions.

Our program includes a field practicum in which you will obtain hands-on experience in a social service agency under the direct supervision of a professional. The practicum is vital to the professional nature of the degree and distinguishes social work from academic degrees in related fields.

If you choose to study with us, we will help you establish your career through our affiliation with professional organizations and assist in your pursuit of graduate education or continuing education. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Professional Licensure and Certifications

The UAB Bachelor of Science in Social Work program prepares students to practice in a field with professional licensure through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Social Work Regulation. Specific licensure requirements vary from state to state, and among territories. Please visit the Professional Licensure and Certification General Disclosures webpage for more information on state and territories requirements.

Ready to learn more?

Explore the site to find out more about our programs. You can also read the Student Handbook for an in-depth look at exactly how the program works and what you will be studying and experiencing. And if you still can't find the answer you're looking for, contact us. We're here to answer your questions!