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Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Our program takes decolonial, anti-racist and social-justice approaches to working with communities, families and individuals.

Quick facts

Program options:
Bachelor degree
Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
Program delivery:
On-campus, Distance/Off-campus
Dynamic learning:
Practicum required

Areas of focus

  • Child welfare
  • Indigenous
  • Indigenous child welfare


  • Abuse or crisis counsellor
  • Addictions counsellor
  • Adoptions worker
  • Agency administration
  • Child and youth worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Clinical social worker
  • Corrections or probation officer
  • Employment counsellor
  • Family support worker
  • Health care social worker
  • Intake worker
  • Mental health worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Policy analyst or advisor
  • School-based counsellor

Sample courses

  • Understanding Oppression - SOCW 311
  • Social Work, Social Justice and the Law - SOCW 451
  • Working With Trauma - SOCW 433
  • Addictions in Society: Theory, Practice and Policy - SOCW 471
  • Child Welfare Practice - SOCW 475


If you are a transfer student, you can apply directly to the Faculty of Human and Social Development and select the Social Work program as your major when you submit your application to UVic.

High school students and graduates can apply to the Faculty of Social Sciences (Undeclared) and transfer into this program after two or more years of study at UVic.

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English language proficiency

You must demonstrate English language proficiency to attend UVic. Your transcripts are enough to prove proficiency if you've studied full-time in an academic program at the high school or post-secondary level within Canada for at least four years, and all of your instruction was in English.

Learn about UVic's English language requirement.

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