Programs of Study including Majors & Minors


Social Work

Professional Major
(Bachelor of Social Work)

Professor Judith Martin (chair)
Assistant ProfessorsFrancis Akakpo, Doreen Higgins, Jolanda Sallmann
Lecturers — Joan Groessl, Karen Jick, Nicole Schneider
Faculty Associate Matthew Mattila
Visiting Lecturer — Gail Trimberger

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Social Work Major Requirements | Course Descriptions

Social work is an exciting and dynamic profession. The major in Social Work, leading to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, prepares a graduate for a career as a social worker working with a broad range of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Graduates of the UW-Green Bay Social Work Professional Program secure positions in programs serving populations that include the elderly, children and their families, persons challenged by developmental and other disabilities, juvenile and adult offenders, persons experiencing mental or physical health issues, and other groups identified in this ever-evolving field. Social workers provide direct service and work for social justice through advocacy and, for example, social policy development and change.

The Social Work Professional Program has full accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education. The BSW degree from UW-Green Bay allows the graduate to obtain state certification and provides a broad range of employment opportunities.

Majors may elect to enroll in the child welfare emphasis, preparing for a career in child welfare practice. Students who have an interest in a career in public or tribal child welfare can apply for a stipend through The Child Welfare Education Program.

A Bachelor of Social Work degree provides advanced status for students seeking a Master’s Degree in Social Work. 

Program Entry Requirements
Students who wish to major in Social Work must make formal application for admission to the program before the end of February each year. This applies to those transferring from other institutions as well as students continuing at UW-Green Bay. Application materials are available from the Social Work office and the UW-Green Bay Social Work web site.

To apply to the BSW degree program, students must first be admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  They must have completed at least 27 credits, including four supporting courses for the major, with an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. Applicants must also have demonstrated an interest in the profession by volunteering in the field or through relevant employment, as indicated by letters of reference and the essay accompanying their application.   A caregiver background check is part of the application process.

Prospective Social Work majors should seek early advising from Social Work faculty.

Students may study abroad or at other campuses in the United States through UW-Green Bay’s participation in international exchange programs and National Student Exchange. Travel courses are another option for obtaining academic credits and completing requirements. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at (920) 465-2413 or see

Social Work Major Requirements
Course Descriptions