UGA Specific Information for Social Work

The Social Work major at the University of Georgia provides a great combination of academic excellence and commitment to social justice within a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. BSW students have a grounding in liberal arts, which helps inform and enhance their social work classes. In addition, students learn about the history of social work and the development of social welfare, the impact of diversity and oppression on our society, and theories of human development including the development of the family and of groups. Students also learn about communities and organizations and how they affect families and individuals. Social work students learn research methodology and understand the relationship between research and practice. During their senior year, BSW students intern for 20 hours a week in social service agencies.

The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to prepare graduates for entry-level social work practice. Ranked #13 in the nation by College Factual, the program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for excellence in generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Generalist social work practice is based on an understanding of the ecological perspective, is driven by a commitment to social justice, and is grounded in scientific research.

Class of 2017*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations

-Participate in the Career Center's Intern for a Day program to explore career fields of interest.

-Conduct informational interviews. Build your network through brief one-on-one conversations with professionals in your career fields of interest. Speak to your Career Consultant to discuss how to set up and prepare for informational interviews.

-Join a student organization related to your interests and goals. Get active and taken on leadership roles in professional, service, social, advocacy, and/or honor organizations to gain valuable experience.

-Look for student-specific and career resources from professional associations affiliated with your career fields of interest.

-Take on an internship, part-time job, or volunteer opportunity related to your career fields of interest. Utilize Handshake to find these opportunities. 

-Seek research, presentation, and writing opportunities.

-Explore and discuss graduate school options and resources early.

Supplemental Career Research Dashboard

Additional Career Research Resources

O*NET (click on Find Occupations)

Occupational Outlook Handbook  (type in general term for career of interest)

Career One Stop

Career Insider: Vault Guides  (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "Career Insider". Select "Industries and Professions".)

Candid Career  (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "". View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)

Social Work Specialty Occupational Profiles

"So You Want to Be a Counselor/Therapist? Let Me Tell You the Ways" (Psychiatry vs. Psychology vs. Counseling vs. Social Work, etc.)

Idealist Nonprofit Career Information and Resources

Employment Websites

Professional Associations/Resources

Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Social Work Majors for the Class of 2017*

Clemson University | Georgia State University | The University of Georgia | The University of Kentucky | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | The University of Pennsylvania | The University of Texas at Austin | The University of Washington


*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring ..., Job Titles of ..., Career Outcomes for ..., and Graduate Schools Attended By ..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2017 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.