Social Work

What Is It?:

Social Work provides a comprehensive educational experience that prepares graduates for excellence in the areas of social work practice, policy, social engagement and leadership. Graduates will be prepared for entry into professional social work practice, advanced standing in graduate social work education, and career opportunities and graduate education in the areas such as communications, corrections, education, government, health care, human resources, law, nonprofit organizations, religious studies, and public service.

The focus uses a student-centered strengths-based educational model that fosters understanding by providing a challenging, yet supportive environment of high expectations that encourages the development of well-informed and engaged citizens.The social work major prepares practitioners for generalist social work practice with individuals, groups, families and communities.

Students applying to the major must also provide evidence of the completion of 50 hours of volunteer or paid work experience related to the field.

For more information, please visit the School of Social Work

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • PSYC 100—Introductory Psychology
  • SOCW 200—Introduction to Social Work
  • STAT 100—Statistics OR SOCW 225—Intro Stat for Social Work

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Child Welfare/Family Caseworker
  • Clinician Coordinator
  • Counselor Rehabilitation Center
  • Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation
  • Family Counselor
  • Medical Organizations
  • Organizer Non-Profit Agency
  • Private Counseling Firm
  • Social Service Agencies Community
  • Youth Counselor

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Career Counselor
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Community Service Agency Director
  • Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Family Therapist
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Nonprofit Agency Administrator
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Psychologist
  • Public Administrator
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Residence Counselor
  • School Social Worker
  • Social Worker Gerontologist
  • Sociologist
  • Youth Counselor

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • ‚ÄčNew Life Volunteering Society: is a tight-knit group that exists to provide service with a cherry on top! They volunteer locally and abroad, raise money for charities, provide leadership opportunities, and love getting to know each other. 
  • Work with the Community Learning Lab to gain experience and work on volunteer hours toward the major

Related Skills:

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Documenting information and presenting it clearly, in both written and spoken form
  • Genuine desire to help and work with others
  • Interviewing and collecting information from people and communicating it to others
  • Research skills in gathering information and answering questions

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Social Work, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Social Work.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Social Work.  These organizations include National Association of Social Workers and Clinic Social Work Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Social Work, visit Undergraduate Programs.