Social Work

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Practice social work in northern and remote communities.

Accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree places special emphasis on the social needs, values and aspirations of Yukon First Nations.

Program Description

Yukon College offers, in partnership with the University of Regina, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The University of Regina grants the degree and the program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

The BSW program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to practice social work in northern and remote communities. Particular attention is given to the social needs, values and aspirations of Yukon First Nations.

The program uses practicums and a cultural camp to further enhance the educational experience.


There is one intake per year and seats are limited. We suggest that applicants contact their prospective references and complete the criminal records check in January to ensure all documents are received by the application deadline. 

The complete application package must be received by the Yukon College Admissions Office by March 31st, 4:30 p.m. If the date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the preceding business day. No late applications will be accepted.

To receive an application, please contact the BSW Program Advisor or download Social Work Program Application for Admission

Admission Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 university credit hours prior to admissions to BSW and obtain a minimum GPA of 65%.

The following courses must be completed as part of the 30 university credit hours:

  • English 100 Level (3 credits)
  • English 100 level, or higher (3 credits)*
  • Social Work 200 (3 credits)
  • general university studies (21 credits)

*A 70% combined average is required for these English courses.

Other Requirements
  • Completion of a BSW program application.
  • A criminal records check(s). Criteria is provided in the BSW application. Please anticipate a minimum of three weeks for completion. 
  • Three letters of reference; references from relatives are not accepted.

Applicants who meet the above criteria may be selected for a panel interview.

  • Candidates’ interviews are scored and ranked.
  • Following completion of interviews, all applicants will be notified of their results.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to a BSW Orientation and registration session in May, at which time they will apply for admission to the University of Regina. Course advising and registration for the fall will occur once the student has also been accepted to the University of Regina.
Graduation Requirements

Students admitted into the BSW after March 1st , 2014 must meet the following graduation requirements.

General University Studies (60 credits)

A minimum 65% GPA is required in General University Studies for graduation. 

Required General University Studies Courses

  • English 100 level  (3 credits)
  • English 100 level, or higher  (3 credits)
  • History 140 History of Yukon First Nations and Self -Government  (3 credits)
  • Psychology 100 level  (3 credits)
  • Psychology 100 level, or higher  (3 credits)
  • Sociology 100 level  (3 credits)


  • General University Studies, unspecified  (42 credits)

Social Work Studies (60 credits)

A minimum 70% GPA is required in Social Work Studies for graduation.

Required Social Work courses

  • Social Work 200 Introduction to Social Work  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 346 Social Work Practice I  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 347 Social Work Practice II  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 348 Social Work Practicum I  (6 credits)
  • Social Work 352 Cultural Camp (6 credits)
  • Social Work 389 Cultural Competence for Northern Social Work Practice  ( 3 credits)
  • Social Work 390 Communication Skills in Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • Social Work 414 Child Welfare Practice  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 421 Human Development in a Social Context  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 448 Social Work Practicum II  (15 credits)

One of:

  • Social Work 451 Social Work Research  (3 credits)


  • Social Work 469 Social Policy  (3 credits)
  • Social Work Electives  (9 electives)
Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.


Please check with the School of Health, Education and Human Services and University of Regina.

Career Opportunities

Social work graduates are employed primarily by the Yukon Government, First Nations governments and non-governmental social service organizations.

Fields of practice include:

  • child welfare
  • family service
  • justice
  • addictions
  • health care
  • mental health
  • public welfare
  • community development

Social workers are often involved in counselling, case management, advocacy, education, social policy and program development.

Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.



University Studies Open Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
CRIM 251 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus II
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology
ATHA 101 - Introduction to Native Languages I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ATHA 102 - Introduction to Native Languages II
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II
BIOL 210 - Introduction to Northern Botany
BIOL 220 - Ecology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 225 - Ornithology - Introduction to the Biology of Birds
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Crime and Deviance
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance
CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System
CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 210 - Law, Youth and Young Offenders Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice
CRIM 230 - Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing I
CRWR 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing II
ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECON 101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
ENST 223 - Principles and Practices of Heritage Interpretation
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II
ENVS 200 - Environmental Perspectives Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 201 - Environmental Ethics
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography II
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World
HIST 120 - European History I
HIST 121 - European History II
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867 Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present
MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Unscheduled Online Online/Video
NOST 202 - Social History of the North
PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHED 225 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership II
PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics II
POLI 201 - Introduction to Political Thought
POLI 222 - Northern Resources and Environmental Law
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values
SOCI 227 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies I Unscheduled Online Online/Video
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies II
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
English Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Unscheduled Online, Not Online Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 203 - Introduction to the Novel
ENGL 205 - Literary Representations of the Natural World
ENGL 206 - Introduction to the Short Story Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature
ENGL 230 - A Survey of First Nations Literature in English
Psychology Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I Not Online, Unscheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology II
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 205 - Child Development
Social Work Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
SW 451 - Social Work Research
SW 469 - Social Policy Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Social Work Open Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
SW 411 - Abuse and Violence
SW 412 - Mental Health Services
SW 417 - Substance Abuse: Impacts and Interventions
SW 437 - Social Work with Families Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SW 479 - Social Work and Disabilities Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Sociology Open Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 103 - Canadian Society Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)