Changing Lives Through Social Work
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:
- Medicine and public health
- Substance abuse prevention
- Mental health
- Child welfare
- Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. View our assessment of student learning outcomes for 2018.
- Oldest accredited undergraduate program in Western Massachusetts
- 400-hour internship at one of over 60 sites
- Local, national, and international social work experiences, including opportunities for independent research and conference presentations.
- Graduates are eligible to sit for the Massachusetts Licensed Social Worker (LSW) exam
- Graduates are eligible for advanced standing in MSW programs
Sarah Kaczenski ’18
“You can see a lot of suffering in the world, and being blessed enough to have a college education — I think that social work is a great way to use my education and lessen that suffering.”
Channeling her creativity as a musician, Sarah Kaczenski ’18 discovered original ways to empathize with and support vulnerable populations. Read Sarah’s story.
Click to view course requirements for the Social Work (B.S.).
Click to collapse the course requirements for the Social Work (B.S.).
Minimum at Elms College: 24 credits/Minimum GPA: 2.5
Major Requirements (69 credits)
|Course #||Formerly||Course Name||# of Credit Hours|
|PSY 1001||PSY 101||General Psychology||3|
|SOC 1001||SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|BIO 1005||BIO 105||Biology: Human Applications||3|
|SWK 1001||SWK 101||Introduction to Social Work||3|
|HIS 1005||HIS 105||Early American History||3|
|PSY 2002||PSY 202||Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences||3|
|SSD 2002||SSD 202||American Government and Public Policy||3|
|ECN 2101||ECN 211||Economics||3|
|SWK 2004||SWK 204||Human Behavior in the Social Environment I||3|
|SWK 2005||SWK 205||Human Behavior in the Social Environment II||3|
|SWK 3001||SWK 301||Social Welfare Policies and Services||3|
|SWK 3002||SWK 302||Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families||3|
|SWK 3003||SWK 303||Mental Health and Mental Illness||3|
|SOC 3005||SOC 305||Social Research||3|
|SWK 3007||SWK 307||Social Group Work||3|
|SWK 3105||SWK 315||Social Work Practice with Communities||3|
|SWK 4001||SWK 401||Field Work Experience||12|
|SWK 4002||SWK 402||Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Communities||3|
|SWK 4004||SWK 404||Social Work Issues||3|
|SOC 3106||SOC 316||Racial and Ethnic Groups||3|