Social Work

The profession of social work is deeply committed both to the relief of human distress and inequality and to the meeting of the social, psychological, and economic needs of human beings. While this concern for others is a vital ingredient of social work, it must be implemented with the knowledge and skills of the profession. To accomplish these goals, the School of Social Work offers an undergraduate major in Social Work as preparation for beginning professional social work practice, as well as a one-, two-, three- and four-year graduate curriculum leading to the Master of Social Work degree.

Program Overview

The 69-unit undergraduate Social Work major is designed to apply to a wide variety of social work practice settings. The premajor coursework includes a basis in the liberal arts requiring classes in biology, community health education, psychology, sociology, and social work. The upper-division curriculum is intensive and exciting. It encompasses coursework in social work practice, human behavior, cultural pluralism, social policy and program evaluation, and social work research. Elective seminars are available in specialized fields, such as child welfare, aging, and family studies. A field work practicum experience is also required.

Special Features

  • Field Education - The undergraduate education is an integral part of the social work program which enables students to gain hands-on experience.
  • The payback of the Federal Perkins Loan is reduced or canceled for some social work students five years after graduation if they work with disabled children, high-risk youth, or low-income families.
  • Student Associations - The Undergraduate Social Work Association offers opportunities for service and provides information about graduate studies in social work. Students are also eligible for student membership in the National Association of Social Workers. Additionally, the school has a number of other student associations listed on the School of Social Work Web site.

Career Opportunities

The Social Work major prepares students for entry-level social work practice and for social work education at the graduate level.

Social workers provide service to individuals, groups and communities in a wide variety of public and private settings wherever there are human needs to be met. The scope of these services is constantly expanding to keep pace with growing needs. Social workers provide direct services to people in hospitals, mental health clinics, child welfare agencies, drug rehabilitation centers, and public schools. In addition, social workers are involved in planning, policy information, and administration of these programs.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Social Work program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.