School of Social Work

  • Nina Rovinelli-Heller, Dean, Ph.D., MSW
  • Edna Comer, Associate Dean, Ph.D., MSW
  • Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

The Social Work major is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to engage in generalist social work practice. The bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is a practice based professional degree that prepares students for both entry-level practice and admission to a graduate master of social work (MSW) degree program. In addition to classroom courses, the major requires 500 hours of supervised field internship experiences that provides valuable professional preparation for work with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. Graduates will be prepared for work in schools, healthcare, community organizations, advocacy and activism, addressing issues such as poverty, homelessness, human rights and social justice.

This major can only be completed on the Hartford Campus.

The University’s general education requirements are listed in the General Education Requirements section of this Catalog. Students are encourage to complete University general education requirements by the end of the sophomore year. In addition to fulfilling the University’s general education requirements, all students in the School of Social Work must satisfy the following competency requirements.

Writing Competency

All students will be required to successfully complete one writing intensive (W) course within the School of Social Work. The W course in the major will develop writing skills specific to the content area domain, as well as be consistent with the practices of professionals in the area of social work practice. The W course will develop writing skills specific to the content area domain, as well as be consistent with the practices of professionals in social work.

Information Literacy Competency

The information literacy competency requirement for the major will be fulfilled by the completion of the W course within the School of Social Work and SOWK 3100, 3200, 3201, and 3350.


Students must furnish their own transportation and cover cost of travel and parking to the field agencies.

Admission Requirements

The School of Social Work is a professional school. Students begin their junior-senior programs after completing at least 54 credits in a school or college other than the School of Social Work. Students complete their first two years in another of the schools or colleges of the University (at either Storrs or one of the regional campuses) or a two or four-year accredited college or university other than the University of Connecticut. The maximum enrollment in each program is determined by the Dean in consultation with program administrators. Applications for admission to the School of Social Work are available on at

Students not currently attending the University of Connecticut must submit an additional University admission application with Transfer Admissions ( Students transferring to the University with less than 54 credits should fulfill requirements in a school or college other than the School of Social Work and later make application to the School of Social Work. These students initially complete only the University application. The faculty of the School of Social Work seek to actively recruit students from underrepresented groups. Admission to the School of Social Work is competitive.

The social work bachelor’s program annually admits for the fall semester. Students are advised to submit a completed Application for Admission to Upper Division Programs and all supporting materials after completion of their third semester, and before February 1, to be considered for admission for the following fall semester. Successful applicants to the social work program generally have completed sufficient credits to be eligible for consideration, have applied by the annual deadline of February 1, submitted a resume, have written a strong essay, and have earned a competitive cumulative grade point average.

Advisement Information

Because the major in social work takes place at the School of Social Work in the junior and senior years, prospective applicants complete two or more years of study in a school or college other than the School of Social Work. Most students participate in the services offered by the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) during their freshman and sophomore years declaring a pre-social work major. Pre-social work students should seek the most recent information at the earliest opportunity. Non pre-social work students are eligible to apply for the BSW program. Admission information, including a list of faculty advisors, program guidelines and semester sequences are available on the School of Social Work’s website at or the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) located on the first floor of the Rowe Center for Undergraduate Education; Hartford Times Building, First Floor ( or the School of Social Work, First Floor, 38 Prospect Ave, Hartford, Connecticut. Students are invited to meetings each semester to discuss School of Social Work programs. Students who declare themselves as pre-social work majors should register through the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES).

Major Course Requirements

Social work majors are required to complete 51 credits in the major. These include SOWK 3000, 3100, 3200, 3350, 3101, 3201, 3250, 3501, 3502, 3700, 3800, 3503, 4100W, 3701, 3801 and two electives. In addition, students must take 12 additional related credits from an approved list of courses at the 2000-level or higher. These include any course from the following subject areas: AFRA, AASI, ANTH, COMM, ECON, GEOG, HEJS, HIST, HDFS, HRTS, LLAS, POLS, PP, PSYC, STAT, URBN, and WGSS.

Additionally, each of the following courses has been pre-approved to fulfill a related requirement: AH 3021, 3101, 3173, 3174, 3175, 3203, 3237, 4221W, 4242, 4243; ARE 3260, 3434; BADM 3673, 3678, 3720, 3740, 3750; FREN 3224; EPSY 3010, 3020, 3100, 3110, 3111, 3130,4300; ENGL 3210, 3212, 3214/W, 3216W, 3218/W, 3220, 3235W, 3420, 3422, 3605, 3607, 3609, 3611, 3613, 3617, 3619, 3623, 3629, 3631, 3633/W, 3635; GERM 2400, 3251,3258; HSMG 4243, 4448; JOUR 3002; LING 2850, 3610W; MGMT 3101, 3239, 3245; MKTG 3208, 3260; NRE 2600, 3245, 3246, 4170; NUSC 2200, 3230; PHIL 2215/W, 2217, 3216/W, 3218, 3219, 3220, 3226, 3231, 3247/W, 3263, 3264; SPAN 3201, 3204, 3206, 3207, 3208, 3214.

Note: Students are not limited to only these courses; advisors may approve other courses as related on the final plan of study.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the degree of Bachelor of Social Work is awarded by vote of the Board of Trustees to students who have met the following requirements: (1) earned a total of 120 degree credits, (2) earned at least a 2.5 grade point average for all calculable course work, and (3) met all the requirements of the School of Social Work and University General Education Requirements. Students must have grades of C (2.0) or higher in all field education internships.


The School of Social Work is in the process of applying for accreditation to the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body. The University of Connecticut School of Social Work’s Master of Social Work program has been continuously accredited since 1949. CSWE accreditation is a multi-step process utilizing a benchmark framework that includes program self-studies, site visits, and Committee on Accreditation (COA) reviews. While this is a three-year process, initial accreditation covers those students who were admitted in the academic year in which the program was granted candidacy and they are considered to have graduated from a CSWE-accredited social work program. Following successful accreditation, a statement will appear on all transcripts of students who finish a bachelor’s in social work degree indicating completion of a Council on Social Work Education approved program.