Social Work

Social work is for you if have a natural desire to work with people, are concerned about social problems, and have the ability to be objective about others' problems. Social work helps people deal with their relationships with others; solve their personal, family, and community problems; and grow and develop by learning to cope with or shape the social and environmental forces affecting daily life.

For the major you will need to take a variety of courses in biology, psychology, sociology, economics, and American government or American history. You'll also need specific social work courses including human diversity, social welfare, and practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. You can also choose specific social work elective courses such as HIV/AIDS, gender issues, child welfare, alcohol and drug addictions, and adoptive families.

Internships are an integral part of the social work major. You will get experience in a social work practice setting before graduation with the two semester internships required for our major. The internships help you determine where you'd like to work after graduation and provide you with invaluable networking contacts. Social work interns have worked in many settings, including vocational rehabilitation, long-term care, children and youth services, criminal justice, domestic violence, developmental disabilities, and community advocacy. Some students have also interned in developing countries working with disadvantaged populations.

The Social Work program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, also prepares you for graduate school in social work and other human service fields.  

Expand Your Skills
  • Pursue internships working with population of your preference
  • Become familiar with medical terminology
  • Obtain crisis intervention, violence, and substance abuse training
  • Learn more about the welfare system
  • Volunteer at daycare, camps or the YMCA
Career Options
  • Case Manager
  • Child Welfare Specialist
  • Children and Youth Services Worker
  • Community Advocate
  • Deaf Services Manager
  • Domestic Violence Counselor
  • Dormitory and Residential Counselor
  • Gerontologist
  • Health Care Specialist
  • Human Services Advocate
  • Independent Living Services Coordinator
  • Legislative Aide
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • School Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse CounselorV
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Youth CounselorV
Professional Organizations
  • Clinical Social Work Federation
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Board of Certified Counselors
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