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Social Work

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1976, VI’s outstanding B.S.W. program provides students with a base of knowledge, skills, values and ethics that effectively prepare them for a generalist career in social work.  Our professors are social workers with years of experience in the field as well as experienced educators who believe in nurturing students while challenging them to reach their highest goals.

Students benefit from a stimulating, engaged classroom environment and a diverse selection of upper-level courses that help prepare them for professional success in the social work field or for entering graduate school.  Service-learning is fostered through classroom assignments, community outreach activities, and membership in the Social Work Action Group.

Classroom learning is applied to real-life situations.  In their final semester, students gain invaluable field experience through internships with various community agencies.  Our graduates emerge from the B.S.W. program well-equipped to positively influence the lives of others.

Areas of Concentration and Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Social Work

The four-year B.S.W. program offers core courses and flexibility in elective coursework that allows students to have the option to double major or minor in another subject.  An innovative minor in Equine Assisted Growth And Learning (EAGALA) is available with a major in social work.

What can you do with a degree in Social Work?
Graduates with a B.S.W. degree are equipped to work in numerous fields that may include:

  • Health care
  • Mental health care
  • Child welfare
  • Gerontology/aging
  • Substance abuse
  • Criminal justice/juvenile justice/corrections
  • School social work
  • Government agencies (city, state, federal)
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Nongovernmental agencies
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Research and teaching


Download the PDF below for an overview of the social work major, course requirements and course descriptions:

For an in-depth look at all our majors, please refer to our catalog (pdf).

B.S.W. Program Assessment Data (2011-2012)

90% of graduating seniors with the B.S.W. degree found employment in social work jobs or entered an M.S.W. program.

Eight of 9 seniors met or exceeded the 80% benchmark on the B.S.W. final exam.

Virginia Intermont College Baccalaureate Social Work Program Assessment Of Student Learning Outcomes