Through a comprehensive and exciting blend of coursework and fieldwork, we immerse students in the study of social work and its role in today's multicultural society. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education for nearly 30 years, our program meets national standards for undergraduate social work education and for beginning generalist professional practice.
Acquire the Tools to Facilitate Systemic Change
Small classes, taught by an accomplished faculty, explore topics ranging from human behavior to social welfare policy. Fieldwork in such settings as state and local human services agencies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and schools is an essential part of our curriculum, allowing students to translate classroom theory into real-world applications.
Majors complete at least 660 hours of practical experience - beginning with community-based service learning projects as freshmen, continuing with internships as juniors and seniors, and culminating with capstone research projects - that fosters in them a deeper appreciation for human diversity and dignity and teaches them to advocate for social justice.
With a challenging curriculum and a rigorous fieldwork requirement, our program prepares students for professional careers and for graduate school, where they often enter prestigious programs with advanced standing.
Life After Salve
A social work degree prepares students both personally and professionally for entry-level generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities while also providing a solid foundation for graduate study. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16 percent growth in demand through 2026, much higher than many other fields.
In the Workforce
Our graduates are employed in all levels and fields of social work practice. Areas of specialization include:
- Alcohol and drug treatment facilities
- Child care agencies
- Child welfare
- Crisis intervention programs
- Developmental disabilities
- Family preservation programs
- Foster care and adoption
- Group homes
- Hospice care
- Mental health centers
- Nursing and rehabilitation settings
- Probation departments/juvenile justice
- Youth diversion programs
Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees in social work at institutions such as:
- Barry University
- Boston College
- Boston University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Catholic University
- Columbia University
- Fordham University
- Loyola University Chicago
- New York University
- Simmons College
- Smith College
- Syracuse University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- University of Pennsylvania