Social Work

The social work program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional work and graduate study. Our program prepares students to serve individuals, families and groups in a range of settings, including rural and tribal communities. Our social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). All CSWE programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of CSWE. Upon graduation, students are eligible for their social work certification through the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. For more details about the UW-Stevens Point social work program, download the social work student handbook and view this presentation.

The bachelor's degree in social work is offered on UW-Stevens Point's Stevens Point and Wausau campuses.

Explore Career Opportunities in Social Work

Bachelor’s level social workers are eligible for entry-level employment in a variety of practice areas including child and family, mental health, substance abuse, medical, aging, disabilities and criminal justice. Examples of specific job titles include child protective services worker, foster care case manager, aging and disability specialist, crisis counselor, mental health case manager, discharge planner, nursing home social worker and job coach. Students are encouraged to start exploring career options early in their academic careers so they know their options by graduation.

Get Involved on Campus

The department sponsors the Sociology and Social Work Organization, a student organization that involves students in extra-curricular activities related to sociology and social work. The organization participates in fund raising for cancer research, food drives and numerous other volunteer activities. The Phi Alpha Honor Society provides a closer bond among students of social work and promotes humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. 

More opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

All social work students must complete at least 400 hours of internship in an approved agency and meet in a weekly seminar each semester that they are interning. This typically takes place during the student’s senior year and requires a formal application process. The Department of Sociology and Social Work has established relationships with numerous community agencies spanning a six-county area and involving many different client populations. Learn more about the social work internship program.

Scholarship Opportunities for Fall 2021

The Department of Sociology and Social Work is committed to helping new students achieve their social work/human services education goals. We have a limited number of scholarships to help get you started on your Marshfield or Wausau campus program.

The scholarship awards range from $500-$1,000 each and are equally divided between the fall and spring semesters. These scholarships do not require an application. To be eligible a student must meet the following criteria:
  • Be admitted to UWSP for fall 2021 on the Marshfield or Wausau campus as a first-year student or transfer.
  • Declare an AAS in Human Services or a B.S. in Social Work.
  • Enroll in at least 6 credits on the Marshfield or Wausau campus in each semester.
Selection will continue until all scholarships have been awarded.

Meet Your Social Work Professors

UW-Stevens Point social work faculty have a broad range of experience within the field. Students admitted into the social work major will be assigned one of the full-time social work faculty members as an adviser. Meet your professors!

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