Social Work

  • Bachelor of Social Work

In-Person Plus at:

  • Castleton, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

Vermont State University’s Social Work program provides you with the knowledge to start working immediately upon graduation or go into a graduate M.S.W. program. Through coursework and field placements, you will have the opportunity to help local agencies while learning how to provide services to individuals, families, groups, and organizations. This program will give you the skills needed to make a real-world impact by helping people and communities. Many employers have hired graduates following their senior field placement or given them a strong recommendation for another position in the field. 

Why Study Social Work at Vermont State?

  • Field experience: As a Social Work major, you will complete 400 supervised hours of field experience with faculty support and will gain invaluable knowledge while helping communities solve real-life problems.
  • Small class sizes: With a student-to-faculty department ratio of 9:1, you will receive personal attention both in the classroom and through advising.
  • Industry experience right away: In your first year, you are provided with 40 hours of supervised work in an agency, where you can determine if social work is right for you.
  • National honor society: Our program is a member of the national social work honor society, Phi Alpha, which offers membership to social work students, faculty, and practitioners. Our chapter, Iota Rho, was founded in 2000.

Concentrations in Social Work

Students in this program choose a concentration to combine with their foundational classes.

  • Criminal Justice Settings
  • Education Settings
  • Medical Settings
  • Substance Abuse & Treatment

To apply, please select Social Work from the list on the application. You will have opportunity to identify your concentration interest after you apply.

Financial Aid for Social Work Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in social work to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Jobs in Social Work

We offer several opportunities for you to gain practical skills in social work through a fieldwork practicum. You will be placed in agency settings to gain valuable experiences in the field of social work.


Vermont State University’s social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through May 2029. This accreditation ensures that all B.S.W. programs provide graduates with the foundation skills, knowledge, and values to enter whatever social work employment they choose or go to graduate school.

Minors Available in the Social Work Program

Interested in adding a minor to your degree program? See minors available in the Social Work program below.

  • Criminal Justice Settings
  • Education Settings
  • Medical Settings
  • Substance Abuse & Treatment

Student Stories

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“When I left the program, I was very prepared to work in the field as well as prepared for graduate-level studies.”

Lyndsay Christman ’15
Social Work
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“I knew that I didn’t want to be in a classroom full of 100 students, so a small campus with a low student-to-faculty ratio was a must.”

Alyssa Stetson ’17
Social Work