Message from BSW Program Director

Laura Hopson.

Welcome to the Bachelor of Social Work program at The University of Alabama School of Social Work. A degree in social work provides the rare opportunity to learn valuable professional skills while improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. Our faculty, staff, and administrators provide students with rich learning experiences both in the classroom and in the field, while creating a friendly and supportive community within the larger university campus. Our rigorous academic program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice, graduate study in social work, and careers that require skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and inter-professional collaboration. The program emphasizes the value of diversity and the importance of promoting social and economic justice. Graduates of our program are prepared to assist people of all ages, from all walks of life, in a variety of settings.

We offer many resources to help our students as they navigate through the BSW program of study. Each student is assigned an academic advisor who can assist them with course planning and answer questions about careers in Social Work. Our Student Services Specialists can provide information about social work licensure, graduate programs, and scholarship opportunities. Our students also have access to our Social Work Registrar and Librarian.

The School of Social Work provides a friendly, homey environment, centrally located in Little Hall, next door to the President’s Mansion. Little Hall has a computer lab available to our professional-level students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is also a student lounge and a kitchen.

Our BSW Program is unique within the state in having all of these resources as well opportunities for undergraduate students to associate with graduate social work students. The student organizations for each of our programs elect representatives to serve with faculty on important committees within the School. Our student organizations have jointly sponsored community service projects, fundraisers, and other events.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, please reach out to me by phone or email. I wish you all the best as you begin this exciting and challenging academic journey in pursuit of your BSW degree or your Social Welfare minor. Again, welcome to The University of Alabama School of Social Work.

Laura M. Hopson, PhD, MSSW
BSW Program Director
lmhopson@sw.ua.edu
(205) 348-5270