As a social work major at USF, you’ll acquire the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession — preparing you to graduate as a self-directed and confident practitioner! Students in our program learn through a blend of theoretical and practical experiences, which are guided by the:
Your professional identity will be enhanced by the integration of Catholic social teaching. How? In its simplest form, it teaches us to honor the dignity of all people, which is an essential aspect of the profession.
Our curriculum incorporates real-world learning via team-based projects and extensive field experiences. You’ll learn in a campus setting that mirrors the professional practice and you’ll complete 525 hours of field experience at three different sites. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to take the social work licensure exam.
The treasure of the Social Work program is the faculty, especially their knowledge, experience, and willingness to help students. They prepare us to be professionals and leaders within the field. Working in the industry now, I see how highly regarded a USF Social Work degree is.
Nicholas Asher ’17
Behavioral Clinician at Meridian Health Services
Your Social Work professors know the intricacies of the field! They are all licensed social workers with the following areas of expertise: child welfare, criminal justice, mental health, health care, community development, group facilitation, victims’ assistance, and more.
Social Work majors develop skills through three field practicums, working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Not only will you graduate with 525 hours of direct experience, but you’ll also learn the skills professionals use most: engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation.
The professional preparation and support I received at USF were a huge part of my ability to build a career. The class assignments related to real-life situations and the field work gave me direct experience and connections with the professional community.
Kaitlyn Pozorski ’15, MSW
Medical Social Worker, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home Association
of USF’s Social Work graduates are employed in the profession or in a graduate (MSW) program within 6 months of graduation; most (80%), are hired before graduation!
Median pay per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Expected job growth for social workers by 2026
Social Work majors are actively involved — on campus and in the community.
Join the Social Work Club and organize community service activities, like:
Participate in professional development opportunities via
USF sponsors the Sigma Eta chapter of Phi Alpha International Honor Society, the highest honor you can achieve as a Social Work major! Phi Alpha promotes humanitarian goals and ideals while building bonds among students.
CSWE requires each accredited social work program to create and implement a program assessment plan. USF’s Bachelor of Social Work program completes this plan on an annual basis. Recent summaries of our evaluation results are available:
Lori Westropp, MSW, LSCW
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