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Why Study Social Work?

An advocacy profession that prioritizes professional knowledge, values and skills, social workers seek to make a difference in the lives of marginalized and oppressed communities via schools, medical and mental health centers and community organizations. UWRF’s accredited social work program utilizes field placement and research opportunities to equip graduates with the skills needed for an impactful career.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Objectively, respectfully and knowledgeably practice social work with sensitivity to a variety of factors including age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, gender, family structure and class.
  • Apply theoretical frameworks to better understand interactions among individuals and social systems.
  • Effectively collaborate with a range of client systems to thoroughly assess client system strengths and challenges and develop appropriate action plans.
  • Develop an understanding and apply knowledge of variables (biological, sociological, cultural, psychological and spiritual) that affect individual development and behavior.
  • Communicate ethically, sensitively and responsibly with a wide variety of audiences.

 

Types of Courses

  • Advanced Interviewing and Crisis Intervention
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • Integrating Practice and Research
  • Introduction to Social Work Services
  • Power and Inequality
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Theory and Practice of Social Work
  • Use, Abuse and Addiction

“My favorite experience has been my senior year field placement. This experience has allowed me to really grow and expand my learning. I have been able to connect with clients and apply everything that I have learned in the classroom. Although we learn so much in the classroom, this was a great experience to really put what we learned into action. I feel as if I am completely comfortable to lead more because of everything that I learned from my professors in class.”

– Samantha Potocnik, social work major

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

As a graduate of UWRF’s social work program, you’ll be prepared for a career in the social work field. Recent graduates have found employment with a variety of organizations, including:

  • County Social Service Departments
  • Departments of Corrections
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Hospitals and Clinics