Undergraduate Area of Study

Undergraduate Social Work & Community Programs

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The Rhode Island College School of Social Work is nationally recognized as one of the best in its field. We recognize that for those who choose to pursue social work, it's not just a degree program, but a calling. Our bachelor of social work program prepares students for meaningful, people-centered careers that empower them to make a positive impact in their communities. A rigorous academic environment combined with ample experiential learning opportunities means students will gain a firm understanding of the practices and principles of social work, then apply them in field placements at schools, government and healthcare institutions and social service agencies throughout the state. Small class sizes enable students to develop real relationships with faculty who are experienced practitioners in their profession.


Job Placements

  • J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center
  • Save the Bay
  • Americorps

Graduate Schools

  • Rhode Island College
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Maryland School of Social Work
  • University of Memphis
  • Walden University

Sample Careers

  • Case Manager
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Community Developer
  • Community Disaster Relief
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Victim Advocate

Our Programs

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Social Work

About this Program

This program caters to students wishing to improve social conditions and change people’s lives. Our curriculum prepares aspiring graduates to alleviate injustice and inequality and enhance the quality of their clients’ lives. Areas of practice include working with children and families, people with substance use disorders and/or mental illness, those experiencing trauma, the elderly, disabled and other marginalized populations. A primary goal is to teach students to work in culturally affirming, anti-racist and strengths-based ways with all populations.

Why Rhode Island College?

This program offers a strengths-based, student-centered, social justice-oriented approach to social work practice. We help our students understand the importance of systemic injustice in the lives of our clients, and the critical work of alleviating it. We also provide high quality practice skills and two semesters of an internship to prepare students who are excellent practitioners and/or ready for graduate school.

Contact Information

Dr. Wendy L. Becker

Associate Professor

Program Information

Bachelor of Social Work
Program Type(s)
B.S.W. is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education