Department of Social Work

Description of Major

Social work is an action-oriented, value-based profession that assists people in society who are facing a variety of social problems. The social work major is designed to give students an understanding of human functioning in contemporary society, the challenges and problems people face, and the social policies and services designed to help them. The program’s faculty creatively engages and challenges students in an educational process which prepares them for professional practice, graduate education, and for leadership roles in the social work profession. Students develop an awareness of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social influences on human behavior within the social environment, an understanding of the impact of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression on at-risk groups within society, and an appreciation of and dedication to working for social, political, and economic justice. They learn practice skills such as interviewing, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and termination. Social workers serve people of all ages in a variety of settings including mental health centers, schools, hospitals, social service agencies, correctional facilities, and programs serving older adults.