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Social Work

administrative contact

Elise Fullmer
phone: 304-293-6370

program contact

Carol Amendola
phone: 304-293-6374

Program Details

Program Description

Social work is concerned with enhancing the problem-solving, coping, and developmental capacities of people; promoting effective and humane service delivery systems; linking people with appropriate resources and opportunities; and improving social policy.

Social Work graduates serve as individual, family, and group treatment specialists, planners, community organizers, social researchers, social work educators, and administrators in mental health clinics, hospitals, correction institutions, courts, delinquency programs, aging programs, family counseling agencies, child protective agencies, public welfare departments, child development programs, drug and alcohol abuse programs, public schools, community action agencies, settlement houses, city governments, state government planning agencies, federal administrative agencies and private research and development organizations.

The School of Social Work is nationally recognized in the area of rural social work practice and nonprofit management. Faculty regularly contribute to the field through presentations, papers, conferences, seminars, and research. The B.S.W. curriculum prepares students for entry-level practice in the social work profession. We train students to work effectively with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Completing a B.S.W. degree allows for immediate access to employment opportunities.

Career Profile

Social work is predicted to be one of the fastest growing professions over the next ten years. Social work education provides graduates with a wide range of interpersonal and organizational skills for employment in a variety of public, nonprofit and private-sector agencies. Settings for baccalaureate social workers include children and youth services; mental retardation/developmental disabilities services; mental health; substance abuse programs; homeless shelters; criminal justice agencies; schools (elementary and secondary); income maintenance programs; and legal services agencies. Graduates can apply their skills in many other areas, from business personnel offices to grant-making foundations to holding political office. For further information, visit the National Association of Social Workers website at

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The BSW program is one of seven accredited BSW programs in the state; however, it is the only one in the north-central region. The program has been continuously accredited since 1974.