School of Social Welfare

The School of Social Welfare offers a BSW in Social Work, which develops the capacity for caring, to help people in need.  The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice with an emphasis on public social services, which looks at the interface between systems - individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 

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Children or Family Services:  Involves helping parents and guardians identify services to improve the quality of life for children and families.  Can include adoptions, foster care, family preservation, and specialty children services as well as many others.

Health: Involves working as a part of a medical team to help patients cope with chronic or terminal illness and injury.  Settings include hospitals, home health agencies, hospice programs, school-based clinics, physician offices, rehabilitation hospitals, addiction recovery programs, and nursing care facilities.

Education and School Social Work: Involves helping to identify, assess,and address the social and emotional difficulties of children that interfere with their attendance,adjustment, and achievement in school.

Public Welfare: Includes providing services, support and advocacy for poor and disadvantaged individuals, including helping with housing, vocational training and job placement, case management, crisis intervention and development of interpersonal and life skills.

Clinical: Includes inpatient and outpatient mental health services, including assessment and treatment planning, counseling and referral services.

Gerontology: Involves providing services and coordinating programs for older adults (healthy or ill) and their families.

Community Development: Involves working with labor unions and grassroots organizations, developing projects and serving as community liaisons with public economic development departments, and working with community reinvestment programs.

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Further Explore Careers in Social Welfare

  • Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board - information on license requirements, clinical supervision, and renewal information for social workers
  • Counselor License - licensing requirements for every state, information on specific counseling specialties, and articles investigating new trends
  • Explore the Social Work Profession - occupational profiles and other general career information by the National Association of Social Workers
  • Help Starts - provides comprehensive career information for individuals interested in pursuing a career in social work

View specific employers by state.

Employer categories:

  • Adoption Agencies/Foster Home Organizations
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Early Intervention / Head Start Programs
  • Employment Assistance Programs
  • Family Service Agencies
  • Federal Government Agencies, including: Veteran's Administration hospitals
  • Group Homes
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Public Health Programs
  • Public Interest Groups
  • Recreation Programs
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Residential and Outpatient Treatment Centers
  • Senior Centers
  • State/Local Government Agencies, including: county health departments, aging-related agencies, mental health centers, state social services, family and child welfare services, correctional facilities, housing departments
  • Victim Services Organizations
  1. Identify the social concerns and populations that interest you most and pursue courses and experiences that allow you to explore these interests further.
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  3. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  4. Make the most of your field practicum experience and try to gain exposure to a variety of practice settings and clients as possible.
  5. Be aware that most states require licensure, certification or registration to work in the social work field. For more information on licensure, visit the School of Social Welfare website.
  6. Consider pursuing a Master of Social Work degree if you are interested in providing therapy, working in a supervisory or administrative role, or opening your own private practice.
  7. Consider joining professional associations related to your area of interest in social work and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  8. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Bachelor of Social Work Student Group, Masters of Social Work Mutual Aid Society, Association of Black Social Work Students, and International Social Work Student Organization.
  9. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
  10. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  11. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate school.

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