Be the Change You Want to See

Social Work Major

In our land of great prosperity, inequality abounds. In our exemplary nation of laws, justice for all is often a far cry from fairness in urban neighborhoods. And in our country’s heartland, the sudden rise in substance abuse threatens the stability and traditional values of families and small communities. And yet, there is still hope: you. As a trained social worker, you can help people rise above their difficulties. While the world is far from perfect, you can be the change you want to see in it.

Why Choose Social Work at SU?

Social workers are people who care about people – and who want to make a difference. Grounded in the liberal arts and the ethics and values of the social work profession, the mission of our social work program is to inspire and educate competent and culturally responsive social work professionals.

Our program prepares you for generalist practice through a combination of innovative, hands-on classroom study and practical field experience. Field experience at area social agencies provides you with opportunities to apply your knowledge and is invaluable to developing entry-level skills.

Since it began in 1974, our Social Work School has grown to include a dual-degree program (sociology and social work), a Master of Social Work program, five convenient satellite program locations and a fully online master’s program. All programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, a must for earning licensure.

Admission Requirements

Visit the School of Social Work to see the requirements to enter the B.A.S.W. program.


Graduates of our program are guided by the values of social justice and human rights. They provide a wide range of services to individuals, families, small groups, communities and organizations. Often, they reach out to people who may be described as oppressed and underserved.

Social workers most commonly work in nonprofit or government agencies. They can also be employed by schools, hospitals, communities and volunteer groups. Fields of social work practice include, but are not limited to:

  • Adoption Service Counselor
  • Child Advocate
  • Foster Parent
  • Patient Advocate
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychiatric Social Worker
Meet Nyasha – Social Work Major

Meet Nyasha – Social Work Major

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

Faculty with Real-World Experience

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social workers is expected to grow much faster than average in the next decade. In addition, there are increased opportunities for bilingual social workers and for social workers to work in rural, underserved areas. Our faculty will prepare you to take on those opportunities with confidence.

I believe in the possibility of reconciliation. Social workers can change the emotions of ambivalence, indifference and hate into those of love. We can move from polarities to unity.
James Forte, Ph.D. Social Work School Faculty

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