School of Social Work and Human Services

Help make the world a better place

Help make the world a better place

If you have a passion for social justice and a desire to help those who are most vulnerable, social work is the career for you.

UFV's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree prepares you to help people overcome challenges such as mental illness, poverty, addiction, abuse, or disabilities to reach their full potential. Rooted in principles of social justice, equality, and respect for diversity, the program fully equips you for practice in a wide range of social settings.

After your complete 60 lower-level university credits, you can enroll in the UFV Bachelor of Social Work, and choose either a generalist or child welfare specialization option.

Two supervised field placements with community agencies provide you with the opportunity to apply what you learn and gain work experience.

When you graduate from UFV’s BSW degree you are ready to work collaboratively with individuals, families, groups, and communities in diverse and cross-cultural environments to help them access economic and social resources, enhance their lives, and achieve self-determination.

UFV's BSW program has full accreditation with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. Upon graduation, you meet the requirements to apply to register with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (RSW). You can also opt to pursue further studies and complete a Master of Social Work degree at UFV.

Career Outlook

Based on the BC Labour Market Scenario Model 2010-2020, the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rate.

Trained social workers may seek employment in a variety of settings, including children and family services, health care, mental health and addiction services, schools, correctional institutions, community organizations, welfare administration agencies, and government agencies. The aging of the population creates both a large number of retirees in the profession and a growing demand for social services that serve seniors.

Some social workers choose to establish a private practice. Part-time work and self-employment are not the norm in this occupation, but a rise in corporate employee assistance programs and training seminars will contribute to the increase in contract work.