Discipline of Social Work

Why study Social Work?

Why Study Social Work? Social work uniquely prepares graduates to work effectively with individuals, families, small groups, communities, and organizations. Social work is a challenging and fulfilling profession that attracts those with a spark of idealism, a belief in social justice and a love of working with people. The roots of the social work profession lie in turn of the century efforts to meet the needs of people in poverty, neglected children, and exploited workers. If you’ve read about Jane Addams, founder of Hull House; Frances Perkins, first Secretary of Labor; Harry Hopkins, force behind the Social Security Act; or Whitney Young, civil rights activist, you’ve read about social workers. Today social work is a dynamic, growing profession grounded in the social sciences and liberal arts as well as its own knowledge and research base. Social workers are intricately involved in the community, knowing the people, the services and how things get done. Yet, at the same time, social workers are keenly aware of the pain of those not in the mainstream, and are sensitive to the discrepancy between the reality they see and the dream of an ideal society. Social workers have a commitment to service. While there are many considerations that enter into any career decision, the decision to go into social work is usually based upon the desire to contribute to the greater good of all humankind.

Careers in Social Work

What do bachelor's level Social Workers do?

• Advocate for the disenfranchised
• Provide life necessity services for those in need
• Interview and write social histories
• Make psychosocial assessments
• Plan for community development and write grants
• Work with youth and adults in groups
• Provide case management services

Where are Social Workers employed?

Mental Health Agencies; Hospitals; Nursing Care Centers; Adoptions; Child Protection; Domestic Violence Shelters; Temporary Assistance; Corrections; Community Action; Juvenile Justice; Faith-based Agencies; Head Start; Volunteer Health Agencies.