A Career in Social Work
Social Workers practice a wide range of jobs. A bachelor’s degree in social work (B.A.) is the common minimum requirement to qualify for a job as a social worker. Although a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for an entry level position, a master’s degree (MSW) is required for advanced clinical work, supervisory, administrative, and staff training positions. Professional social workers, both at the bachelor’s and master’s level, are found in law, public safety and security, education and training, counseling and mental health services, human services and health science.
The social worker is working in career pathways, such as community corrections practitioners, probation and parole officers, counselors, school social workers, therapists, parent educators, individual, group, and family therapists, substance abuse counselor, health educators, case managers, community service specialists and gerontologists.
Employment of social workers is expected to increase by 22 percent through 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of child, family and school social workers is expected to grow by 19 percent, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
The major in social work is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice through a combination of social sciences courses, social work courses and upper division social work professional preparation. All students electing a social work major are required to complete the basic and advanced social work courses. Students are required to take the introductory courses in psychology and sociology as prerequisites for courses that can enhance the knowledge base for understanding human behavior and social systems. The program includes an extensive use of practicum and internships. Fieldwork is an essential part of the degree. The application of classroom learning to actual agency practice under the guidance, supervision, and mentoring of an agency is critical.
- Elementary Psychology
- Principles of Sociology
- Introduction to Social Work
- Helping Communication
- Elementary Statistics
- Research in Social Work
- Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
- Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
- Institution of Social Welfare
Professional Degree Requirements
Students must complete all requirements in the Social Work’s program’s professional courses listed below for eligibility for the degree. The practice courses in social work prepare the student for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of problem solving efforts with client system(s).
- Practice I Individuals and Families
- Practice II Groups and Organizations
- Macro Practice III
- Junior Practicum
- Senior Internship I
- Senior Internship II
For more information, contact Dr. Roy Fowles, Associate Professor of Social Work, (219) 785-5743, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Michael R. Lynn, Chair, Department of Social Sciences, (219) 785-5380, email@example.com.