The Social Work program prepares students for a rewarding career helping individuals and society. As a Social Work major, you will be immersed in a service learning culture. The Department of Social Work places an emphasis on experiential learning from freshmen to senior year, which will allow you the opportunity to observe social work from a variety of settings. You’ll complete three internships during your junior and senior years, totaling over 600 internship hours. In small classes, our experienced faculty provide a high-quality education that will prepare you to succeed in graduate school or your career.
- Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education qualifies our graduates to apply for Advanced Standing in MSW programs.
- Good high school grades and formal test scores can qualify you for our Merit Scholarships of $10,000 to $18,000 per year.
- The social work profession offers loan forgiveness programs. Read more at Financial Aid Resources and Loan Forgiveness.
About the Field
- Read our Social Work FAQ
- View a comparison of social work to other helping professions.
- Visit The National Association of Social Workers website for more information about the profession.
- Learn about current topics in social work at the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter homepage.
Social Work majors complete 600 hours of fieldwork during their four years at Western New England University. The Social Work curriculum includes courses in all areas of the field of Social Work:
- human behavior
- practice with individuals, families, groups and communities
- oppression and empowerment
- social policy
- community-based internships
The full-time faculty is composed of licensed MSW and PhD social workers, complemented by professionals from the local community who teach in their areas of expertise. Their experience ranges from clinical work with individuals to work with community organizations.
Field Experiences, Research and Special Opportunities
For every Social Work course there is a field experience providing an invaluable complement to class work; you will complete more than 600 hours of fieldwork in social work settings. In your first semester you'll be placed in a setting mentoring children, visiting elderly people, or helping homeless people. In macro-practice field instruction, you will learn how to create change through community education, advocacy, and major development. In senior field instruction, you will become comfortable with your role as a social work practitioner. By the time you finish the major, you’ll be trained to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
In research class you’ll do evaluations and research projects for community agencies. There is constant integration between what you are learning in the classroom and what you learn in the field.
- Family preservation
- Wingate Nursing Home
- Children's protective services
- Shriners Hospitals for Children
- Local elementary, middle, and high schools
- Baystate Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
You'll spend junior year developing a helping relationship with two clients.
Small classes, a social work luncheon each semester, a social work trip to Washington, DC, and celebrations for Social Work Month are some of the ways the Department of Social Work offers creates close connections among students and faculty.
Social Work students are active in:
- Alpha Lambda Delta (First-year honor society)
- Social Workers Advocating Together (S.W.A.T.)
- Mass. Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
- Helping Hands Society
- Honors Program
- Study Abroad Program
- U&ME Diversity Club
- Peer Advising
- Student Ambassadors
- Freshman Seminar Student Assistants
Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.
Right from the Start
- Four different internships in four years—beginning in your first semester freshman year
- Small classes taught by full-time faculty
November 1, 2015 March 6, 2016
Register online or call 413-782-1312
Visit our classes and take a tour:
Student Visiting Days
April 20, 2016
Jeff Schrenzel, PhD, Chair
Department of Social Work firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-782-1757
Inside Social Work
Social Work Resources
- The most recent Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes report.
- A comparison of social work to other helping professions.
- Information on the social work profession.
Social work is an extremely flexible profession offering a wide variety of career paths. Watch this video from the National Association of Social Work Massachusetts chapter to see where a career in social work may lead you.