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Why Social Work?
If a career in a helping or social justice profession appeals to you, consider a major in Social Work — one of the human service professions. Social workers help individuals, groups or communities solve or relieve life problems using a variety of professional skills.
The department offers both Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs. The curriculum for each includes content in social welfare policy and services, human behavior and the social environment, social work practice, research and field education. The programs focus on values and ethics, populations at risk, and diversity.
Concurrent with their academic work, students are provided service-learning opportunities in several classes. Students at both the BSW and MSW level complete internship placements in a public or private social agency selected in accordance with the student’s area of social work interest and educational needs.
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
- Prepares graduates to be generalist practitioners who function as competent, ethical social workers in a variety of settings, helping with clients who are experiencing a wide range of problems
- Primes students to continue their study in graduate-level programs
- Provides an enhanced understanding of the world, a capacity for critical thought, and a triad of knowledge, values and skills that forms the base for social work practice
Master of Social Work (MSW)
- Offers an advanced generalist concentration that provides graduates the knowledge and skills needed for effective and autonomous practice with systems of all types and sizes
- Produces graduates who demonstrate increased skill and leadership in assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating across multiple system levels, including practice with individuals, groups, communities and societies
- Arms graduates with the skills to address complex and changing practice environments in settings from clinical work with individuals to macro practice in national policy analysis
- Prepares practitioners for direct and indirect interventions that are client-centered, problem-focused and research-based
- Offers the opportunity to choose electives in the specialization areas of health/mental health or children and families