Bachelor of Arts

About Social Work

As one of the nation’s largest and most highly regarded schools of social work, we offer students nationally recognized faculty, rigorous academics, and unbeatable real-world experience. Our program prepares graduates to serve society in clinical, academic, government, non-profit, and corporate settings throughout the world. Rutgers School of Social Work prepares passionate, committed students to become global leaders in the field.

Our faculty members are a dynamic community of leaders — tenured professors advancing the field of social work through original, published research, and professors of teaching and professional practice and part-time lecturers actively working in local communities and bringing those experiences into the classroom. Our dedicated staff members work on cutting edge research, training, student support, continuing education, alumni support, and many other invaluable areas.

Fun Facts

  • 1,600 passionate, dedicated students
  • 200+ dynamic, prestigious faculty
  • 13,000+ proud, supportive alumni
  • 4th largest Social Work program in the nation
  • Ranked in the top three undergraduate programs in the nation (USA Today College)
  • Ranked among the best social work graduate programs in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 800+ diverse field placements locally and in countries worldwide, thanks to our partnerships with public agencies, local nonprofit organizations, foundations and socially active corporations
  • 60 years of progress in mental health
  • Our Ph.D. faculty are ranked 3rd nationally in research productivity (Academic Analytics)
  • Our students provide agencies a value of $15 million in services each year


  • Institute for Families
  • Center for Gambling Studies
  • Center for Global Social Work
  • Center for Leadership and Management
  • Center on Violence Against Women and Children
  • Human Research Center

Sample Courses

  • Facts of Life
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Work & Social Services
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II
  • Social Welfare Policy & Services I & II
  • Groups at Risk in Contemporary Society