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Welcome to the Social Work Major!

Career Opportunities

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupation Lookout Handbook: Social Work will add more than 100,000 jobs by the year 2022, which indicates a growth rate that is “faster than the average for all occupations.”

Licensed social workers have a broad array of career options:

  • County human services: child welfare, adults, elderly
  • Community nonprofit organizations: youth, families, women, ethnic groups, elderly
  • Schools: special education, chemical dependency, mental health counseling
  • Medical: hospitals, hospice, clinics, long-term care
  • Criminal justice: probation, juvenile centers, truancy intervention
  • Elderly: nursing homes, adult day centers, senior centers
  • Chemical dependency: in-patient, out-patient, halfway houses, prevention
  • Mental health centers: in-home, counseling, case management
  • Tribal social services
  • Social justice and social action
  • Services for the developmentally disabled

Areas of Study

Note: All students who major in social work are required to participate in the initial admission process and periodic review of their performance. The admissions process occurs when students are completing SOWK 2110 and SOWK 2120. Social work offers two tracks of study for the BSW degree and also an emphasis in Chemical Dependency.

  • Social Work B.S. - Two Tracks
    • The on-campus program  is largely in the classroom while also integrating online and community-based components to enhance student understanding and application of practice theories and concepts
    • SWIM (Social Work Integrated Model) is a largely online program with a once a month on-campus component to apply practice theories and concepts

         Both tracks offer the same curriculum and require the same knowledge and skill development that focuses on 10 social work competencies and 41 related practice behaviors.

The Department of Social Work’s mission, goals and competencies particularize the University Mission Statement to guide the curriculum content and to establish indicators of successful completion of the major. It is helpful for students to periodically review these in order to have a clearer picture of the Department’s direction and purpose.