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Bachelor of Social Work


The Bachelor of Social Work program at Saint Joseph’s College prepares students for entry-level generalist practice as a professional licensed social worker (LSW) and provides a strong foundation for graduate work in a Master of Social Work (MSW) program.

The program provides an academically challenging, socially relevant curriculum designed to equip students with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for careers in social work. Graduates will be qualified for entry-level positions in service areas such as addictions, child welfare, mental health, and gerontology, and in a variety of settings, including, schools, hospitals, non-profit agencies, and juvenile detention centers.

The hands-on curriculum allows students to gain practical experience through internships and service-learning opportunities. These are valuable resume builders for future employment. Students will have the opportunity to start networking immediately by joining the Student Social Work Society, the National Association of Social Workers as well as the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work, if eligible.

CSWE Accreditation

This program began a 3-year national accreditation process in March of 2016 with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). When the process is completed (June 2019), students will be able to be licensed as a BSW in all states with licensure laws and be eligible for advanced standing in MSW programs across the country.

View our Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes.

At a glance

  • Strong preparation for career and graduate studies
  • Emphasis on experiential learning with two student-selected internship placements
  • Opportunities for faculty-student collaboration, with access to the Social Science Observation Lab
  • Graduates will be qualified to become licensed as social workers
  • Graduates will be eligible for advanced standing, shortening the path to an MSW


Courses required for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree include social work specific classes in human behavior, policy, research, practice, and field internships, as well as other closely aligned social sciences with the profession of social work.

Students will gain practical experience through two internships, including a full-year placement. The College works with agencies and organizations in hospital systems, private non-profits, schools, drug rehabs, and other community agencies.

Complimentary minors for BSW students include sociologycriminal justicegender studiessocial justicesustainability studies, or psychology. Dual majors may be available by working with your academic advisor.

A minor in the social services profession is also available and requires students to take 18 credits of social work specific course work. The social services profession minor is appropriate to pair with majors such as sociologycriminal justice, and/or psychology.

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Rebecca Brown, LCSW
Rebecca Brown, LCSWProgram Director, Associate Professor, Social Work
MSW, Boston College
BA, Gettysburg College
Caitlin Eldridge
Caitlin EldridgeField Coordinator, Assistant Professor
MSW, University of New England
Bates College, BA
Kelly Ward, Ph.D, LCSW, LCADC
Kelly Ward, Ph.D, LCSW, LCADCSocial Work Consultant
PhD, Fordham University
MSW, Rutgers University
BSW, Eastern Michigan University


Meghan Elmore ’19
Meghan Elmore ’19BSW major
“One of the perks of being a social work major is that there is such a wide variety of populations and work settings to choose from. Saint Joseph’s BSW program exposes you to different fields, to help you get a sense of what fits you best. We also have two required internships, which offer direct, realistic experience in social work. This prepares us for life after SJC, whether it’s graduate school or jumping straight into the workplace.”
Ray Ruby ’05
Ray Ruby ’05House Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine
Giving Back: Ray Ruby has made a career of it. Almost every endeavor Ruby undertakes is for the benefit of others. When he’s not at the Ronald McDonald House, he’s volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, or working with families in Honduras, or building homes in New Orleans.
Pauline Cyr Cormier ’61
Pauline Cyr Cormier ’61Meet alumna Pauline Cyr Cormier
Pauline Cyr Cormier ’61 volunteered five years of her life to achieve justice for marginalized farm workers.


The social work major is a strong foundation for professional careers in various organizations including Child Welfare, Corrections, Health Care, Policy and Planning, Private Non-Profits, and non-governmental agencies (NGOs). According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the profession is growing faster than most and the U.S. Government has loan forgiveness programs to help social workers with some of their student loans. Individuals with a BSW are prepared for entry-level direct practice within the field. Most states will require licensure, certification. Additional information on professional licensure can be obtained at the Association of Social Work Boards and through the State of Maine Board of Social Work Examiners.