Our Bachelor of Social Work Program
Algoma University’s four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree offers generalist social work in preparing students to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and societies.
Given Algoma University’s location in Northern Ontario in Sault Ste. Marie, and Timmins, and our special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous communities and other communities, our social work program has a specific focus on Indigenous, structural, critical feminist, anti-oppressive, and anti-racism perspectives with northern, rural, remote, Indigenous, and Franco-Ontarian communities. Graduates of our program will be prepared to practice anti-oppressive social work at the entry level with diverse populations in a Canadian context and be introduced to anti-racism perspectives.
Students enrolled in our program will examine a variety of topics and will understand how northern communities significantly differ from urban communities in regards to health services, family and child welfare, and the social welfare system. Our graduates will understand crisis intervention, and how to deal with victims of abuse, including those who were affected by the residential school system in Canada. Unlike any other Ontario university, Algoma U is situated on the former site of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, and offers special lectures and guest presentations from residential school Survivors. Many fellow classmates may in fact be Survivors. This provides our students with a unique learning experience, and the opportunity for students to better understand oppression, colonization, and self-determination.
Our social work program was developed in consultation with various local employers in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins, who have cited a growing need for employees. For this reason, our program is designed to help fulfill the need for social workers in northern, rural, remote regions. A degree in social work is highly sought after in the work world. Plus, social workers are found in the broadest range of workplace settings: public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, police departments, courts, etc. Social work graduates have an easier time finding employment after graduation than graduates in most other fields.
What You Can Expect
Hands-on learning, a close-knit campus community, and caring faculty.
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Earn a degree with high career prospects
Social workers are in high demand in Canada, especially in northern, rural, remote areas. Our program was developed in consultation with local employers in Northern Ontario who have cited a growing need for social workers.
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Social workers promote positive development for individuals, families, communities, and societies. Thus, it is not surprising that by helping others, social workers have higher levels of self-worth, making their work personally rewarding.
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Get hands-on experience
In the professional years of your degree, students will complete a 700-hour field practicum which will give students real-life experience working in a social work setting.
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Earn your Bachelor of Social Work at Timmins
Students can earn their Bachelor of Social Work in Sault Ste. Marie, or at our extension programming site at Northern College in Timmins, Ontario. No matter where you choose to study, you’ll study in a student-centred environment – the ideal learning environment.
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The Social Work Club
The Social Work Club is an entirely student-run club, made up of volunteer committee members who have an interest in social work. The Social Work Club works to raise money for charities, advocate for change, and advocate for the students of Algoma U. To find out more about the Social Work Club, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admissions is a two-step process:
- Students are admitted to the first two years from high school, college or university.
- All students must apply to be admitted into the third year after all of the pre-requisites are complete. The third and fourth years are the Professional Years of the program.
As part of any BSW program found in Canada, all students must successfully complete 700 hours of field placement directly related to their studies in social work with established professionals.Learn More
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Meet our Faculty
Our Social Work faculty are experts in the field. Get to know them!
Ashley Beharriell, B.A, B.Ed
School of Social Work Administrative AssistantView Full Bio
Dr. Rose Cameron
Director, School of Social Work, Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
Social Work Field Education, Admissions and Community Engagement CoordinatorView Full Bio
Dr. Barbara Waterfall
Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
Sessional Instructor, Field Education and Admissions CoordinatorView Full Bio
Dr. Jean-Marc Belanger
Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Annie Wenger-Nabigon
Assistant ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Seung-Wan (Winnie) Lo
Assistant ProfessorView Full Bio
LecturerView Full Bio
“Algoma U has given me opportunities to make a real impact through the social work program. Through learning and working in an environment of like-minded social activists, and connecting classroom education with hands-on experience, I have a new direction for future activist work.”
“Attending Algoma University has been a great experience for me. The faculty in the Social Work program are outstanding and truly supportive on all fronts. The program itself has allowed me to grow as a person, and into the social worker I want to become.”
“I went into the Social Work program because I wanted to help people. But the program has really opened my eyes to see there’s so much more than just helping people. There are limits and regulations which affect everyone differently and we have to learn about their underlying situation before we can implement any kind of solution. It’s mind-blowing and overwhelming to learn about people’s situations…I’ve gained a new outlook and perspective on life.”
“My experience at the University has been very helpful in my own personal identity, I am grateful for that and this University. And my self-confidence is at an all-time high, and I believe in myself. It’s hard to put in words how I feel about this University, and what it has given to me. But it has been an incredible journey and I am a whole new person because of it. Algoma U has given me something that I never thought imaginable.”