Social Work

How can you help?

If you have a deep sense of compassion and justice, social work may be the career for you!

Social Work and Human Services is a field of study that gives you a foundation for a career that strives to enhance the social functioning of all people and promote the development of environmental conditions that help everyone achieve their maximum potential.

A career in social work may appeal to you if:
  • You want to be in a profession that involves transferable skills which allow you to find work in a wide variety of different careers and settings.
  • You are the kind of person that your friends turn to for help or just to talk.
  • You have a strong sense of compassion and desire to help people.

"Introduction to Social Work was an amazing class; it reassured me that I was choosing the correct career for me. I would recommend Introduction to Social Work to other students that are not sure what career path they want to take."


Where will social work take you?

Students who major in Social Work or Human Services develop strong communication skills, learn to be a critical thinker, understand resource management and how to employ advocacy skills. They often work as social workers, counselors, case managers, probation officers, community outreach workers, consultants and/or mediators.

Employment opportunities for persons with a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) include working with:

  • Diverse populations, such as people with behavioral health disorders including addictions and eating disorders through case management services
  • Individuals with developmental, health, educational and physical disabilities
  • The elderly
  • Abused children and adolescents
  • Survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse
  • The terminally ill
  • The poor and the homeless

A wide selection of jobs are available to professional social workers, in particular those with a BSW or master's in social work (MSW), in residential treatment, family counseling, private practice, school social work, hospital social work, managed care, research, community organizing, human resource divisions in government and private industry, advocacy and lobbying, gerontology, administration of human service programs and agencies, and the criminal justice system.

Social workers can continue their university education beyond a master's degree to a doctoral degree, which can be either a doctorate in social work (DSW) or Ph.D.


Professor Vasquez with students