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About Social Work

Opportunities Galore

We focus on field experience to help you spark change.

At UW-Green Bay, we are deeply connected to the community we serve. Numerous community partners mean you have the opportunity to complete field education, which is similar to a social work internship, in a variety of settings. Through our comprehensive program that integrates field education with coursework, you’ll be prepared to obtain state certification and pursue a variety of career paths.

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Field Education

As one of the most vital aspects of your time in our program, field education helps you build experience.

Get Experience

Tuition Aid

Ease financial stress and make college more accessible by exploring scholarships and stipends.

Fund Your Education

Honor Society

Connect with like-minded peers through the Phi Alpha Honor Society, the only honor society specific to social work.

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Three distinct emphases allows you to customize your education to align with your career goals.

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Child Welfare

If you choose child welfare, you may work with families in crisis, advocating for their rights and ensuring the safety of children. Required coursework for this emphasis focuses on child and family development, cultural considerations, relevant policies, and learning about child welfare systems and evidence-based practices.

Child Welfare Courses
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Give yourself more room to explore different careers within social work with our general emphasis. You’ll be qualified to work in a variety of organizations, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations and community-based organizations. Your skills and knowledge will be applicable to addressing a wide range of challenges, from poverty and homelessness to mental health and addiction.

General Courses
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Substance Abuse

There’s a massive stigma around substance abuse in our society, so the problem is two-fold: there aren’t enough resources in place to help people who are struggling, and people who are struggling don’t feel like they can seek help because of the stigma surrounding their addiction. With an emphasis in substance abuse, you can help address this problem and help people in your community.

Substance Abuse Courses
Annual Social Work Symposium

Annual Symposium & Celebration

Celebrating the success of our students.

The 2023 Social Work Symposium and Celebration will be on Friday, May 5, 2023 in Phoenix Rooms A, B and C. The Symposium will be from 2:00-3:00 pm and the Celebration will take place from 3:00-4:00 pm.

Community Partners

The Social Work Professional Programs are honored to partner with a wide range of community professionals, groups, and agencies such as those listed below. They help provide diverse learning opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate social work students.

Karrie Wilson, Director of Programming at House of Hope

Made for

"I am a non-traditional student, I needed a university that had flexible programs that would allow for me to maintain my career while pursing my education. UW-Green Bay did just that!"

Karrie Wilson '23
Director of Programming at House of Hope

Professor Heather Lawrence

Get Support

Meet Professor Heather Lawrence, Child Welfare Coordinator for our program. If you want to know more about our program or need help choosing your emphasis, get in touch with us.

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