Social Work

Social Work

Social work 2016 placement orientation

Social work is a rapidly growing and challenging profession that offers you the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, from inmates to ambassadors. Employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Curriculum and Courses

Social Work and Spanish

Why major in social work at Elms College?

When the social work program began at Elms College in 1954, there were no bachelor's degrees available in social work nationwide, only master's degree programs. Elms College has recognized the need for trained social work professionals for more than 60 years. We have the oldest accredited undergraduate program of its kind in western Massachusetts, and are widely known and respected for graduating outstanding social workers.

We offer both a traditional and weekend program to meet the growing demand for social workers, as well as degree completion programs on the campuses of Springfield Technical Community CollegeGreenfield Community College, and at Berkshire Community College. This provides an option for students who work, or are in situations that do not permit attendance in the traditional day program.

Our program stands alone because of our emphasis on experiential learning, which complements your in-class work, challenges you to employ the skills you have learned, and prepares you for life after Elms. We offer opportunities for full-time internships, independent research, and presentations at professional conferences. Our students lead and participate in community service programs locally and nationally.


What can I do with a social work degree?

Upon completion of the Elms College social work degree, you are eligible to take the Massachusetts exam to become a licensed social worker. We offer a preparation course for the exam. The majority of our graduates secure jobs in social work upon–or before–graduation. Many of our graduates choose to continue their education and complete a master's degree.

Social Work Outcomes

Social Work Class of 2017

Social work majors from the Class of 2017 with professors Maureen Holland and Autumn Mathias.

Department events

The social work department sponsors events in the community every year, including the annual Polish Film Festival, which is presented in partnership with the Kosciuszko Foundation, New England Chapter. All films are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For the 2016 film lineup, visit

Meet social work program graduates

Christina Vernon thumb

Turning Field Work into a Career

Christina Vernon
Class of 2015


Marisabel Santiago

Taking a Risk to Make a Difference

Marisabel Santiago
Class of 2014




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