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Helping People Is Our Job

School of Social Work

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. Social workers are people who care about people who want to make a difference.

The Vision of the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work's Vision is to disrupt global systems of oppression and advance human well-being through effective, efficient, and empowering social work grounded in ethical and social justice frameworks.

SU’s social work program began in 1974 to serve the needs of Maryland and the neighboring states, and since then it has grown to include the dual-degree program with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1990 and a new Master of Social Work Program launched in 2001. In 2006, we expanded to include regional programs at Cecil College Northeast campus, the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown campus and in 2013 to the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland in California, Maryland. All of SU's undergraduate and graduate social work programs are fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, a must for earning licensure.

Meet the School of Social Work faculty and staff.

Our Academic Programs

The School of Social Work’s Mission is to be student-centered and dedicated to excellence in the education of professional social workers at the baccalaureate and master’s level. The school is committed to the pursuit of social and economic justice and will provide leadership through professional development, service, consultation, and research to strengthen society while contributing to the expansion of social work knowledge.

Learn more about the programs offered by our department:

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If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It at SU

When Tylethia’s son battled addiction following a military-related injury, she decided to pursue a degree in social work at SU to make sure other veterans receive the continuity of care they so desperately need.

The Dynamic Profession of Social Work

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Meet Nyasha – Social Work Major at Salisbury University

Learn how the social work major has helped Nyasha grow professionally and personally.