Social work majors at Elms College dedicate themselves to helping others. It’s that simple.
For more than 60 years, Elms has equipped students to become leaders in social work. With the oldest accredited undergraduate program of its kind in Western Massachusetts, we know what skills and competencies you need to become a force of change in your community.
Social work at Elms is an interdisciplinary field. Majors study everything from behavioral science and psychology to mental health and public policy. By analyzing human behavior through different lenses, you will gain a deeper understanding of the factors that influence life in modern society. Your classes will help you develop a versatile array of skills that empower you to counsel individuals, families, and communities.
Internships, Professionalization, and Licensure
As a social work major you will complete 400 hours of service at an internship. Having the time you need to immerse yourself in the field and complete a capstone project will not only help you perfect your skills, but also set you apart on the job market.
After completing your degree, you will be eligible to take the Massachusetts exam to become a licensed social worker. 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.
Students who know they want to pursue a master of social work (MSW) degree are encouraged to apply to our graduate program offered in conjunction with St. Louis University, one of the top-ranked social work programs in the country.
Micro- and Macro-Level Social Work
Social work majors typically choose to focus on micro- or macro-level social work.
Micro-level social work encompasses working with individuals and families. By helping people achieve their goals and overcome challenges, you improve the well-being of society, one person — or family — at a time.
Macro-level social work includes designing and implementing community-focused programs at the local, state, or national levels. If you are interested in research and advocacy, this type of social work enables you to enact change on a larger scale.
Social workers make a difference in a wide range of fields, including: