Jim Winship, chair
Social Work Dept.
White Hall 325
About the Programs
UW-Whitewater's social work program is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the country. The program has maintained accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education for more than 30 years, giving graduates a competitive edge when applying for social work and human service positions.
More than 350 students major in social work at UW-Whitewater. These students, through service-learning hours and internships, contributed more than 50,000 hours of volunteer work to human service organizations during the 2010-11 academic year.
The department offers a bachelor of arts degree or a bachelor of science degree in social work. The major includes 36 hours of concentrated studies in social work and concludes with a 480-hour internship. This one- or two-semester experience provides students with the opportunity to spend time in a community agency and be supervised by practicing social workers. More than 200 internships are available in Madison, Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.
Outside the classroom, social work students can participate in the award-winning Social Work Student Organization, one of the most active social work student organizations in the state and one of the most active student organizations on the UW-Whitewater campus.
Incoming social work majors are also encouraged to join the department's learning community, Hearts in Action. Students will live together in the same residence hall and take some of the same classes together. They will have access to faculty members who are involved on campus and in the community, providing consultation and volunteering with human service and professional organizations.
Graduates of the social work program go on to careers in foster care, child welfare, adoption, day care services, family and youth programs, juvenile probation officers and counseling.