Social Work

Accredited since 1965, we prepare social work professionals with undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with specialties in child welfare, gerontology, and behavioral health.

Our mission is to promote positive change through social work research, scholarship, education, and community partnerships. We promote the values of the social work profession through a commitment to social justice and diversity, a dedication to public service, and an emphasis on individual and community well-being. We strive to

  • Educate students to become highly skilled, culturally competent and ethical social workers and to provide leadership for the practice of social justice.
  • Create and disseminate knowledge leading to social work and inter-disciplinary innovations.
  • Engage in research and apply results that inform social work policy, practice, advocacy, education, and future research.
  • Collaborate with community partners in promoting: evidence-informed practice, educational and research partnerships, and social and economic justice.

We also house the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research (CABHR) and the Child Welfare Training Program.

The BSSW program goal is to prepare graduates for generalist practice and leadership with diverse populations and communities.

The goal of the MSW Program is to prepare graduates with specialized knowledge and skills for advanced practice and leadership with diverse populations and communities.

The Ph.D. Program in Social Work prepares students to make significant contributions to social work education and the knowledge base of the profession.

Employment Outlook

Employment for social workers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Currently, 5 out of 10 jobs are in health care and social assistance industries; 3 out of 10 jobs are within government agencies.

Most social workers deal directly with the people they serve. Others work as teachers, supervisors, planners, and administrators. Specific career options include:

  • Bilingual youth social worker
  • Child protection social worker
  • Group social worker
  • Community organizer
  • Corrections social worker
  • Domestic violence social worker
  • Family counselor
  • Lobbyist
  • Medical social worker
  • Policy analyst
  • Rape crisis social worker
  • Social work case manager
  • Substance abuse social worker
  • Trauma specialist