Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
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What you will learn in this program
Social work involves helping individuals, families, groups, and communities to improve their individual and collective well-being. Social workers engage in a wide range of professional roles, and are employed in a variety of sectors that include, but are not limited to, private practices, the public sector, and non-profit organizations. During the course of your studies, you will gain research capabilities, practical experience, written and verbal communication skills, and a deeper understanding of how to help individuals and families within the context of their environment. As a social worker, you’ll be prepared for global career opportunities in settings such as hospitals, community health clinics, social service agencies, correctional facilities, consultation agencies, and the civil service. You may enter our program once you've completed either a social work diploma or two full years of university study, or as an after-degree student.
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“When I decided to go back to school, I wanted a career that aligned with my passion for working with people and seeking positive social change - social work was a natural fit. The best part of the experience was the people. As a cohort, we bonded in a way that brought a valued layer to learning. The program set me up for success and a promising career with the City of Lethbridge before I had even completed it.”
Jerry F., BSW'14
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Julie Drolet is a passionate social work educator and researcher currently focused on climate change, disasters, sustainable development, and how communities welcome and integrate migrants and minorities in Canada. From the Faculty of Social Work’s regional office in Edmonton, she leads the Alberta Resilient Communities Project, which is studying how the 2013 Alberta floods impacted children and youth. Drolet is also part of a team of faculty members who are sponsoring a Syrian refugee family.
Climate change, disasters, and re-building lives and communities
Join our community in fall 2018
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.
Carolyn Kaldy was searching for a helping career that would give her the chance to get involved in issues that affect her community. Social work was a perfect fit. As Kaldy explains,“I like the blend of art and science in social work and it resonated with my values. I’m also excited about the variety of roles in the field, like coordinator, educator, facilitator, mediator, researcher and speaker. The faculty and staff are helpful and engaged and the program feels more like a community.”