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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 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 a Social Work Major at Salisbury University?

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 the social work major at Salisbury University is to inspire and educate competent and culturally responsive social work professionals.

Our Social Work 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 as a social worker.

Since it began in 1974, our School of Social Work has grown to include a dual-degree program (sociology and social work major), a Master of Social Work graduate degree 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 social work licensure.

Meet Nyasha – Social Work Major

Meet Nyasha – Social Work Major

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

Social Work Major Admission Requirements

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

Careers for Social Work Majors

Graduates of our social work major 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. With a social work degree, 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

Social Work 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. As a social work major, our faculty will prepare you to take on those opportunities with confidence.

Learn More About Our Social Work Major