Where Are We?
Our campus is conveniently located in the University Hall Building (E526) on the University of Lethbridge Campus on Treaty 7 land, the traditional land of the Siksikaitsitapi, the Blackfoot Confederacy, and the Métis Foothills District.
In Lethbridge you'll share your journey to becoming a social worker with a small, supportive group of peers. Current and former students often say how much they valued the intimate, and supportive learning environment they found in their Lethbridge cohort and the lifelong friendships they made.
As a UCalgary student studying at our Lethbridge campus, you'll not only have access to UCalgary student service supports, you'll also have access to ULethbridge student services, including the library system, recreation, health and wellness services, and student bus pass etc. (Photo courtesy University of Lethbridge).
Ahead of Tomorrow
Our re-imagined BSW is designed to prepare you for the challenges of modern social work practice. Your nationally accredited degree will also be respected across Canada and abroad. For over 50 years UCalgary has been recognized as a leader in social work education and research.
How Do I Apply?
University student? If you have two years of university education, or have a degree, you’ll apply as a University transfer student. Find out more
Social work diploma from outside Alberta? You'll apply as a University Transfer applicant. Find out more
Our Lethbridge campus does not support those with an Alberta Social Work Diploma or those straight out of high school.
20 month program
You'll attend classes in Fall, Winter and Sprint term, there are no Summer classes. You'll follow the UCalgary academic calendar and be given specific assignment deadlines.
On Campus & Online
In our Blended BSW you'll attend one day of classes per week at our Lethbridge campus. Online classes are taught live at scheduled times. You'll also complete other independent learning that can be done on your own schedule.
Field education remains at the heart of our social work program and provides you with the opportunity to apply what you've learned in the real world. See practica information below for more detail.
Since this program is partially delivered online, you'll require regular access to an internet connection, and a computer with a camera and microphone. High speed internet is recommended, but not required. Test your Internet Connection
What will I learn?
Cover theory and practice in: an interconnected world, advocacy for social justice, communication and relationship building, professional ethics, research, mental health, Indigenous peoples' histories, cultures, and healing practices, green and sustainable social work, and afri-centric social work practice.
You may study topics such as: addictions and recovery, human sexuality, gerontology, intimate partner violence, loss and grief, mental health and trauma, social work in health care or child welfare settings, and social work with immigrants and refugees.
As a university transfer student, you'll complete two practicums.
Our new Community Engaged Practicum introduces you to the profession of social work, in the first year of your program. This 300 hour will help you to begin creating your professional social work identity. You'll also support community groups through special projects or social justice initiatives. Unique to UCalgary Social Work.
This practicum is taken alongside your fall and winter courses. In the fall semester you’ll build your knowledge and skill development for social work practice through online classes and peer connection. In the winter semester your student-centered journey will build on what you’ve learned to begin engaging in the community through a project, or social justice initiative.
Your second practicum experience comes in the final year of your program. This practicum is typically four day a week. You'll engage in practice and apply social work knowledge, skills and values. This practicum may be completed through different pathways, including:
- agency-hosted practicum,
- workplace practicum,
- research practicum, or,
- a supervised, self-directed practicum.
The final practicum is usually completed in-person, during regular business hours, four days a week.