Castleton University’s Social Work degree is both a professional and liberal arts program that is designed to train you for placement in beginning-level professional service positions or acceptance into graduate fields of study.
Our Social Work faculty members have decades of combined experience. Your education will benefit greatly from their knowledge, compassion, strong professional experience, and continued activity in professional organizations and research.
Highlights of the Social Work Degree
- You will have the opportunity to gain vast and valuable experience in the field. In your first year you are provided with 40 hours of supervised work in an agency in order to determine if social work is right for you.
- Because of the nature of Vermont, Castleton has a rurally oriented emphasis, but the program stresses knowledge and skills that are applicable in any geographic or practice setting.
- With a student to faculty department ratio of 9:1, you receive personal attention both in the classroom and through advising.
- Social work students can choose to focus their electives and senior field placement in practice areas to earn certificates that can be valuable to employers. The certificates are Criminal Justice settings, Educational settings, Medical settings, and Substance Abuse Treatment settings.
Field Practicum in Social Work
During your senior year, you will be placed in agency settings to gain valuable experiences in the field of social work. These placement opportunities are an integral component of the social work curriculum. Students within the major have a minimum of 400 supervised hours of field experience.
Through your field practicums, you refine your professional skills in social work and have the ability to blend course content with on-the-job experiences in service provision, outreach, networking, and resource development to further your knowledge.
Onsite field instruction is provided by a Social Work faculty member.
Social Work 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.
The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.
The requirements to become a member of Castleton's chapter, Iota Rho, are a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in social work required courses, including those which are not social work courses. For more information, please contact Dr. Luther Brown.