Social Work at Providence College

Why Study Social Work at Providence College?
Our nationally accredited program offers a distinctly personal touch, with small class sizes, collaborative research, and individualized advising by the same faculty member throughout the program. Our program is grounded in the mission of Providence College — scholarship, service, respect for the dignity of all people, and responsible citizenship within our society and in the global community.

A Nationally Accredited Program Designed for Success and Social Impact
The social work profession has always been — and remains — deeply committed to addressing the most pressing issues facing our society, such as structural racism, social justice, and economic inequality. In addition to our historic focus, we recognize the need to address emerging issues such as climate change, migration, and the digital divide. For more than 40 years, the Department of Social Work has prepared graduates for careers that offer personal success and fulfillment while making a positive impact in the lives of others. The hallmark of our program is the ability of our graduates to not only “do well” in reaching their professional goals but to “do good” for others and to better the world around them.


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What you'll study

The major in social work combines 13 required classes in social work with a total of 600 hours of professionally supervised internships in community health, human service, and human service agencies. Course work focuses on human behavior, social problems and policies, diversity, at-risk populations, and the nature of the professional-helping relationship. Theories, research methods, and skills for problem solving with individuals, families, groups, and communities are also a major part of the curriculum. The field placement curriculum is spread throughout the junior and senior year and combines professionally supervised experience with classroom seminars.

Selected Courses

  • 21st Century Social Work
  • Diversity and Culture in Social Work Practice  
  • Human Behavior Through the Lifespan  
  • Human Biology  
  • Social Policy  
  • Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups  
  • Community and Political Practice  
  • Research


Our faculty members bring years of experience in a variety of social work fields to their classroom teaching and advising. Their prior experience and professional interests cover the entire spectrum of social work, from child welfare, family therapy, mental health and addictions and adoption to domestic violence, sexual assault/ abuse, community development, and social and political advocacy.

Among our faculty are a recipient of the Rhode Island Social Worker of the Year award in social policy; a former executive director of Sojourner House, an agency serving victims of domestic violence; and experts who have published works and presented at national conferences. 


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Professional Practicums, Networking, and Community Engagement
In keeping with the spirit of the social work major, we emphasize study and practice. Our students engage in classroom learning and community-based learning and professionally supervised internships, which provide valuable practical experiences that prepare them for advanced standing in graduate school or immediate employment.

Since the social work major places such strong emphasis on practical experience, the department offers an incredible array of opportunities to intern in the community, as well as for recognition and networking within the profession. Field education is the signature pedagogy of our program (total 600 hours), so that students are exposed to the practice of social work. Students also have the opportunity for induction and participation in Chi Eta, Providence College’s chapter of Phi Alpha, the national social work honor society.


of 2017-2021 social work graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

  • 23% are employed only
  • 51% are attending school only
  • 23% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • Alliance House
  • Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket
  • Brown Brothers Harriman
  • Capital Preparatory Magnet Schools
  • CareOne Senior Care
  • Dennison Memorial Community Center Inc
  • EverThrive Illinois
  • Lightwave Partners
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
  • Teach for America
  • The Home for Little Wanderers
  • Year Up–Rhode Island

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Fordham University
  • Howard University
  • New York University
  • Providence College
  • Rutgers University
  • Simmons College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • Washington University