STU's School of Social Work offers a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Social Work, and the Mi’kmaq/Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work Program, which provides First Nation individuals with an opportunity to receive social work education within a flexible and culturally relevant framework. Learn below how to best prepare for a career in social work during your undergraduate degree.
Social workers are invaluable to our society, and the best way to prepare for the career is to learn as much about society as you can. Some relevant areas of study are Sociology, Criminology, Gerontology, Psychology, Human Rights, and Native Studies.
As a Bachelor of Arts student, you are able to take courses from the School of Social Work before applying to the program at the end of second year while diversifying your knowledge base in other subjects.
Join clubs that put you in the STU/Fredericton community in a helping way. Try the Mental Health Society, Gerontology Society, Best Buddies, Global Brigades, Enactus, Human Rights Group, the University Women’s Centre, and others.
Complete an internship with local organizations that put you into the community in a hands-on way. STU's Office of Experiential Learning has partnerships with many organizations in Fredericton and beyond.
Examples of social work-related internship partners:
- The Ville Cooperative
- United Way
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Capital Region Mental Health and Addictions Association
Advice from Alumni
Robyn Metcalfe, BA '19
Studied: Psychology and Gerontology
"There truly isn’t anything in life I would recommend more than STU. From the beautiful campus to the academics and the many fantastic people you will meet along the way; STU is the place to be. I found who I was, and I am positive you will find who you are too."