Associate Dean and Chair
B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1974; M.S.W., Temple University, 1978; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1993
B.A., St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, 1997; M.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2008
B.A., University of Rochester, 1999; M.S.W., University of Michigan, 2000; Ph D., University at Buffalo, 2013
Marcela Sarmiento Mellinger
B.A., Millersville University, 1998; M.S.W., Temple University, 1999; Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2011
B.A., University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1984; M.A., 1990; M.S.W. University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1992; Ph.D., 1996
B.A., Columbia University, 1987; M.S., 1989; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2003
B.A., California University of Pennsylvania, 1982; M.S.W., West Virginia University, 1985; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1999
B.A., Elizabethtown College, 2008; M.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2009; Ph D., Boston College, 2020
Ashley N. Prowell
B.A., University of Alabama, 2009; M.S.W., University of Georgia, 2011; Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2021
Shady Grove Program
M. Nicole Belfiore
B.A., Oberlin College,1986; M.S.W. University of Maryland at Baltimore,1993; Ph.D., Catholic University of America,2015
B.S.W., University of the District of Columbia, 1992; M.S.W., Catholic University of America, 1994
B.A., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1976; M.S.W., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1980
B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1996; M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, 2000
B.A., Dominican University, 1995; M.A., University of Chicago, 1997
Assistant Dean for Field Education
B.S., Radford University, 1991; M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1994; Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2012
B.A., Goucher College, 1975; M.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1977; Ph.D., 1985
B.A., West Liberty State College, 1964; M.S., University of Tennessee, 1966; D.S.W., The Catholic University of America, 1975
B.S.W., West Virginia University, 1973; M.S.W., Temple University, 1976; D.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, 1987
B.A., Harvard University, 1964; M.S.W., Columbia University, 1966; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1984
Courses in this program are listed under SOWK.
The Social Work, B.A. prepares students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities at the beginning level. Students learn a range of skills and helping techniques that enable them to intervene effectively in addressing social problems.
UMBC’s Social Work Program, the baccalaureate component of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, meets the highest professional standards. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a national organization founded to promote and improve the quality of education in social work.
- CSWE uses the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) to accredit baccalaureate social work programs. EPAS supports academic excellence by establishing thresholds for professional competence.
- EPAS describes four features of an integrated curriculum design: (1) program missions and goals; (2) explicit curriculum; (3) implicit curriculum; and (4) assessment.
Based on this accreditation, students are assured that the quality of education at UMBC meets national standards and prepares them for employment at the bachelor’s level, for graduate study and for meeting the various state licensing and employment requirements for social work practice. Social work students and graduates are also eligible for membership in the National Association of Social Workers. Graduates qualify to take the state examination to become licensed social work associates in Maryland, and they are qualified for examination in all other states that license baccalaureate practice.
Career and Academic Paths
Graduates of the Social Work Program succeed in the job market, as well as in graduate school. Alumni are employed in various human service positions with federal, state, and local governments, as well as with non-profit agencies, corporations, health care organizations and hospitals. The undergraduate social work major at UMBC is the baccalaureate component of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. As such, students completing the social work major at UMBC may be eligible for consideration for advanced standing in the master’s degree program of the School of Social Work. Completion of the accredited program at UMBC also qualifies graduates for consideration for admission to all accredited master’s degree social work programs in the United States.
Students enrolled in the social work major are assigned a faculty advisor from the program. Students are encouraged to contact their advisor early in their educational experience and every semester thereafter to plan and monitor their course of study. Advisors in the program are also available to meet with students who anticipate majoring in social work to plan prerequisite courses.
Students may choose to take honors courses in social work through the Honors College.
Evening and Part Time Options
All core courses, with the exception of the senior field education courses, can be taken in the late afternoon or evening on a space-available basis. In addition, the design of the program allows students to complete their course work on a part-time basis. Field education (SOWK 480 /SOWK 482 ) must be taken during the work week. The program does not arrange evening and weekend field placements.
The Social Work Program offers educational and community-based opportunities including:
The Universities at Shady Grove
UMBC offers the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. Students can complete the last two years of the program at this suburban Washington location. Because only upper-level courses are offered, students must have completed most General Education Program requirements (GEPs) and lower-level major requirements and have a GPA of 2.5 or above. Prospective students are invited to make an appointment with the Shady Grove program director to review their previous courses.
The Social Work Student Association (SWSA) is the student organization of social work majors at UMBC. The SWSA works to introduce its members to the profession, promote social work through community activities and provide majors with the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns. It also provides them with information and resources related to their educational experience and career planning. Membership is open to all majors. Activities of the SWSA have included food drives, community volunteer activities, career planning conferences, newsletters and student socials. Information on the SWSA is available through the program or on the Social Work department website.
The Social Work Program has established a chapter of Phi Alpha, the social work national honor society. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. At present, there are approximately 400 chapters of the honor society in schools nationwide. Students are eligible to join if they have: declared social work as their major; achieved sophomore status; completed nine semester hours of required social work courses; and achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.25 GPA in required or elective social work courses. Interested students may obtain an application from the program or from the Social Work department website.
- SOWK 200 - Social Issues - Social Action (3)
- SOWK 200H - Social Issues - Social Action (3)
- SOWK 250 - Introduction to Social Work (3)
- SOWK 255 - Psychology of the Black Experience in the United States (3)
- SOWK 260 - Social Welfare, Social Policy, and Social Work I (3)
- SOWK 271 - Introduction to Community Involvement (3)
- SOWK 299 - Social Work Independent Study (1-3)
- SOWK 311 - Introduction to Field Experience in Social Work (3)
- SOWK 350 - Psychology of Racism (3)
- SOWK 360 - Social Welfare, Social Policy, and Social Work II (3)
- SOWK 369 - Contemporary Issues, Cultures, and Social Work Practices in Aging (3)
- SOWK 370 - Social Work and the Criminal Justice System (3)
- SOWK 371 - Social Work Practice in Aging (3)
- SOWK 372 - Social Work and Health Care (3)
- SOWK 373 - Demystifying the DSM: A Social Work Perspective (3)
- SOWK 374 - Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees (3)
- SOWK 376 - Intimate Partner Violence, A Social Work Perspective (3)
- SOWK 377 - Women and Social Policy (3)
- SOWK 386 - Strengthening Family Structure (3)
- SOWK 387 - Policies, Programs, and Services for Children (3)
- SOWK 388 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)
- SOWK 389 - Human Behavior II (3)
- SOWK 390 - Special Topics in Social Welfare (1-3)
- SOWK 391W - Seminar on AIDs for Health and Social Services Providers and Administrators (2)
- SOWK 395 - Addictive Behavior Patterns (3)
- SOWK 397 - Social Work Methods I: Introduction to Practice (3)
- SOWK 470 - Social Work Research (3)
- SOWK 480 - Field Instruction I (6)
- SOWK 481 - Social Work Methods II: A Generalist Approach to Practice (3)
- SOWK 482 - Field Instruction II (6)
- SOWK 483 - Social Work Methods III: Selected Intervention Strategies, Research, and Evaluation (3)
- SOWK 499 - Independent Study (1-3)
- SOWK 499H - Honors Independent Study (2-6)