Social Work

The School of Social Welfare offers a BSW, as well as a MSW, a MSW/JD, and PhD in Social Work, which develops the capacity for caring, to help people in need.  The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice with an emphasis on public social services, which looks at the interface between systems - individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice  

  • Utilize critical thinking when addressing social problems 

  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being 

  • Consider the cultural and other contexts in which practice occurs 

  • Engage and assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities 

  • Intervene and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities  

  • Participate in research-informed practice-informed research  

Popular Career Paths

Children or Family Services: Involves helping parents and guardians identify services to improve the quality of life for children and families.  Can include adoptions, foster care, family preservation, and specialty children services as well as many others.

Health: Involves working as a part of a medical team to help patients cope with chronic or terminal illness and injury.  Settings include hospitals, home health agencies, hospice programs, school-based clinics, physician offices, rehabilitation hospitals, addiction recovery programs, and nursing care facilities.

Education and School Social Work: Involves helping to identify, assess,and address the social and emotional difficulties of children that interfere with their attendance,adjustment, and achievement in school.

Public Welfare: Includes providing services, support and advocacy for poor and disadvantaged individuals, including helping with housing, vocational training and job placement, case management, crisis intervention and development of interpersonal and life skills.

Clinical: Includes inpatient and outpatient mental health services, including assessment and treatment planning, counseling and referral services.

Gerontology: Involves providing services and coordinating programs for older adults (healthy or ill) and their families.

Community Development: Involves working with labor unions and grassroots organizations, developing projects and serving as community liaisons with public economic development departments, and working with community reinvestment programs. 

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Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Adoption Agencies/Foster Home Organizations
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Early Intervention / Head Start Programs
  • Employment Assistance Programs
  • Family Service Agencies
  • Federal Government Agencies
  • Group Homes
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Public Health Programs
  • Public Interest Groups
  • Recreation Programs
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Residential and Outpatient Treatment Centers
  • Senior Centers
  • State/Local Government Agencies
  • Victim Services Organizations

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