The Social Work Major at UW-Milwaukee

Discover this fast-growing profession! As an undergraduate social work student, you will be trained as a generalist who encourages change within individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. You will learn to examine social problems in cultural, historical, and current political contexts.

The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare prepares students for a wide range of careers providing services for children, victims of intimate partner violence, older adults, individuals experiencing homelessness, and more.

This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Social Work Student

  • Students participate in experiential learning for course credit. The Social Work Field Department places students at internships across the region.
  • The school offers study abroad programs in Austria, Costa Rica and South Africa, where students can learn about social work from an international perspective.
  • Students interested in the study of aging can minor in aging.
  • Connecting with other social work classmates is an important part of the bachelor’s in social work program. There are two social work clubs that students can join, the Student Social Work Association and the Student Gerontology Association. The Social Justice Committee is run by faculty, staff and students and holds events each semester. Undergraduate students are welcome to join!
  • Learn more about the social work program at UW-Milwaukee by visiting the department’s webpage and through the Department of Social Work newsletter, which includes updates on research, student success, and news stories featuring faculty and alumni.

The Social Work Professional

The overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12% from 2020-2030, faster than the average for all occupations*. Graduates from our program are adoption counselors, program services coordinators, gerontology specialists, mental health assistants, community outreach specialists, victim advocates, youth counselors, and more.

Where do UW-Milwaukee social work alumni work?

  • County and state entities
  • Healthcare settings
  • Human service institutions
  • Mental health programs
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • The justice system
  • Read more about social work alumni from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UW-Milwaukee.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Criminal Justice & Criminology Major at

Students study three broad areas: law enforcement, which upholds the law; the courts, which safeguard the judicial process; and corrections, which provide societal protection and rehabilitation. By the time they graduate, students are prepared to work in courts, jails and within law enforcement agencies.

The criminal justice & criminology program at UW-Milwaukee has strong connections to agencies, police departments, businesses, and government entities throughout Wisconsin. Each spring, students and alumni network with representatives from these entities at the Criminal Justice Career Day Fair.

The Criminal Justice & Criminology Student

The Criminal Justice & Criminology Professional

Graduates from our program are crime analysts, police officers, victim advocates, federal probation and parole officers, police chiefs, program administrators, corrections directors, and more.

Where do UW-Milwaukee criminal justice & criminology alumni work?

  • Businesses (crime analysts)
  • Correctional agencies – primarily probation & parole
  • District attorney’s office
  • Law enforcement fusion centers (crime analysts)
  • Police departments
  • Public defender’s office
  • Sheriff’s offices
  • Social service agencies assisting persons involved with the criminal justice system
  • Read more about criminal justice alumni from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UW-Milwaukee.

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  • Kate Masshardt, MEd
    Senior Academic Advisor
    Enderis Hall, 10th Floor

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The Top 10 Reasons to
Choose HBSSW & UWM

  Flexible Programs We offer online, blended, weekend, and evening programs in criminal justice & criminology and social work.

  Unique Courses and Certificate Programs Our crime analysis program is the most comprehensive in the nation. In social work, the graduate certificate in Trauma-Informed Care gives students an advanced level of training in this area. Beginning in Fall 2021, social work students may pursue a minor in aging.

  Field Instruction and Affiliations Our social work field and criminal justice field agency partners offer supervised, professional experience for students to begin applying what they’ve learned.

  Scholarships We offer a variety of exclusive scholarships and paid work opportunities to students.

  Coordinated Degree Programs Accelerated and Combined Degree Programs We offer an Accelerated Master’s Degree program in criminal justice & criminology where students can complete two degrees in less time. At the master’s level, students may earn two master’s degrees in these programs: MPH/MSW, MSW/MSCJ and MSCJ/MPA.

  Commitment to Diversity UWM is the most diverse of the 13 UW System campuses. We are one of the nation’s top campuses for LGBTQ+ students and rated 5 stars (out of 5) by Campus Pride as an LGBTQ+ friendly University.

  Recognized Faculty The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is ranked as a “highest research activity” campus by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This ranking, often referred to as R1, was earned by only 131 U.S. colleges and universities.

  Our Campus Our bustling research campus lies in the heart of an attractive residential neighborhood that borders Lake Michigan and boasts a blend of charming homes, coffee shops, restaurants, and more.

  The City Milwaukee is a big city offering incredible opportunities, such as our world-renowned art museum, professional athletics, theaters, concerts, and festivals.

  Tradition of Excellence UWM was founded 65 years ago on a belief that a great city needed a great university.