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Welcome to the Social Work Major!

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupation Lookout Handbook: “Employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, 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 wishing to 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.