College of Performing Arts and Social Sciences

Social Work

Students selecting the Social Work major typically desire positions in institutions, which include private, public, and nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to diverse groups in our society. Graduates are prepared for positions in industry, government, private practice, public systems, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions, and research organizations. Students will study issues related to the human condition and the consequences of problems related to crime, poverty, alcoholism, child abuse, and discrimination.

The curriculum includes required and elective courses, advising, and supervised field experience in one or more human service agencies. Graduates also will have the choice of pursuing advanced study in Social Work and other fields such as administration, counseling, psychology, criminal justice, and sociology.


Dr. Joyce Shepherd
Professor of Sociology, Human Services, and Criminal Justice