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Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

If you are a compassionate individual with an interest in human diversity and a desire to help others, then a Bachelor of Social Work can help you reach your goals. Our curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in the social work profession and can provide you with options to advance in higher education. We train students to work effectively with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations around the country.

Completing the BSW allows for immediate access to employment opportunities in child advocacy, public relations, human resources, public health and wellness promotion, law enforcement and veterans affairs. Our faculty are active members of human service organizations throughout their communities. We seek to benefit the lives of every resident in our city and state through our research, teaching and service. 

Our program was recently awarded a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals Grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. We also coordinate the Beatrice Ruth Burgess Center and the Job Accommodation Network.

How will I focus my studies?

Outside of our classes, field education is an important part of the professional social work curriculum. Lessons learned outside the classroom complement the lessons taught inside the classroom. Our students build a sense of professional competence and identity that will serve as a foundation for ongoing professional growth. 

Community service, volunteer work and field placements provide meaningful opportunities to explore life as a social worker. 

Why get a Masters of Social Work (MSW)?

This program educates graduate students in advanced integrated social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and social administration. The focus of this education is to produce competent and effective practitioners committed to enhancing social well-being and quality of life with particular emphasis on vulnerable and oppressed populations in small towns and rural areas characteristic of the Appalachian region.

Averee Fields, Murray, Ky.

Major: Social Work
Minor: Psychology

Averee Fields
“When I had my first class in the social work program, I felt at home,” said Averee. “I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be and I was excited about learning.” As a person dedicated to helping others, Averee appreciated that the social work major prepared her for a range of rewarding careers.“What I love about my major is that the road is not narrow;it’s very broad and filled with opportunities. The social work program gives me the skills to be a counselor, case manager or even a program director.” During an internship, Averee was inspired to continue to work with adolescents with behavioral problems. She is currently working toward a master of social work degree at WVU.

Learn more at the Social Work site