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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Social Work Department
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts Social Work program is to prepare students to enter the field as effective and culturally competent generalist practitioners. Equiped with skills, values, and knowledge of the social work profession, our graduates will go on to meet the unique needs of individuals, families, groups, and the larger community in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. The generalist practitioner is passionate, empathic, and genuine in their use of specific methodologies with diverse populations. The program addresses the needs of the Territory and larger Caribbean by including curriculum that is trauma-informed, culturally specific, and emphasizes empowerment and advocacy for local populations. 

Field education is a core component of the social work curriculum. Through supervised internships at local agencies, students are able to practice skills learned in the classroom. 

There are currently no concentrations or specializations for the social work major. Entry level courses can be completed on either campus, but degree must be completed on St. Thomas campus. The Introduction to Social Work course is offered by video-conference to social work majors on the St. Croix campus. The courses in the social work major must be completed on the St. Thomas campus during the students’ junior and senior year. Students on St. Croix are assigned to an Advisor, but can also contact the Program Coordinator for information on the major.

For More Information Contact

Title Name
Dean Kimarie Engerman, PhD
Administrative Assistant Dian Levons (STT)  Debbie Joseph (STX)