Social work is a field in which professionals help individuals, families, and large groups of people overcome life’s challenges and embrace opportunities to improve their quality of life. Social work professionals help people in need gain access to health care, mental health treatment, economic resources, and educational opportunities, often through services offered by government or non-profit organizations. They also help them examine their personal problems, relationships, and environments to find ways to be more productive. They are guided by the principles of justice, civil rights, economic empowerment, and collective goodwill, and are interested in the well-being of humanity as a whole and the individuals that live in it.
Careers in social work include social workers who specialize in mental health services, adoption and foster care, child protective services, education, elderly services, disease or drug prevention and treatment, housing, nonprofit work, disaster relief, and community organizing, among other areas.
FVSU’s Bachelor of Social Work degree program prepares students for immediate employment or graduate study in mental health clinical services and social services. The curriculum utilizes class and field instructions to develop and strengthen the attitudes, values, skills and knowledge necessary for success in this field.
FVSU’s Bachelor of Social Work degree program is administered through the Behavioral Sciences Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.