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.

Questions About the BSW Program?
Chat with the Chair on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Dr. David E. Pollio will be available to chat with current and perspective Social Work students to answer questions about the academic program and to provide career advice. Please check the event calendar for cancellations.

Chat with the Chair sessions will be hosted at: 
UAB Department of Social Work Conference Room (Suite 302)
Humanities Building
900 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1260

Chat with the Chair is a first-come-first serve walk-in session and no appointments required.

Earn a Professional Degree

If you graduate with a Bachelor’s 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).

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!