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About Social Work

All degrees offered by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh-Department of Social Work are accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)

Resources for Students during COVID 19 Pandemic

This list links students to resources that may help ease burdens raised by the COVID 19 Pandemic.


Please reach out to Department of Social Work Faculty and Staff if there’s any way we can help support you during this time. We want you to succeed!


Department of Social Work Vision, Mission and Goals


The vision of this Department reflects a central belief that its curriculum be guided by the principle of doing what is right and just — teaching students to willingly accept the professional responsibility to act as the "heart and conscience" of the profession in their respective communities or as part of the profession-at-large, to advocate on  behalf of those who suffer discrimination, devaluing and oppression. The Department's mission and goals stem from its vision.

Mission of the BSW Program

The BSW Program guides and prepares students to engage in generalist practice social work that is focused on strengths and skills, social justice values, critical thinking, and is evidence-based.

Mission of the MSW Program

The Master of Social Work is a strengths-based graduate education program that prepares students for advanced professional practice and leadership with a commitment to evidence-based knowledge, critical thinking, and social justice values.

Department Goals

  • Actively participate in the community to promote social justice
  • Actively participate as leaders in the profession and sustain commitment to the advancement of social work education

About Social Work

As one of the helping professions, Social Work strives to serve populations that are vulnerable, in need of basic services and resources, or attempting to make a change in their lives. Positions in human service settings address a wide range of issues, such as child welfare, chemical dependency, physical and mental health, aging, and corrections. Social workers are, also, concerned with the community or setting where people spend their daily lives.  As well as helping on a personal level, a career in social work can include working for social change to benefit the larger community.

Want to learn more? Check out this profile on Social Work to learn more about this degree and field; as well as here and the NASW profile to explore the Social Work profession.

The Department of Social Work at UW-Oshkosh offers programs for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and  Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. The BSW has been fully accredited since 1975. Additionally, the BSW is ranked #17 in the nation for value and graduate's salary by Social Work Degree Guide 2018. The MSW Program is accredited through 2025 by the Council on Social Work Education.

NASW Code of Ethics

Results of the Nationwide Survey of 2017 Social Work Graduates

Career Options in Social Work

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