What is social work?

Social work is any professional activity concerned with providing social services, especially the investigation, treatment and material aid of the economically, physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged. Social work majors integrate knowledge from psychology, sociology and anthropology. They gain a working knowledge of public policy, government and the justice system. They also acquire knowledge of management and administration, along with customer and personal service. Students of social work are also trained to effectively interview and assess people.

Why should I consider majoring in social work?

The social work major helps students improve the quality of people's lives. Students develop leadership and promote justice within society. The program prepares students to begin practicing as social workers or begin graduate studies. It prepares students to work in a variety of settings: individual and family social services, residential care, medical and psychiatric care facilities, schools, job training and related services, and advocacy and community development groups. Social work is an excellent choice for students who want to work in varied environments, have a variety of opportunities within their career, and work to better society.

What interests and values are related to social work?

Students pursuing a career in social work usually care about people. They want to make a difference, relieve suffering and advocate for social justice. They are generally patient, tolerant and have an ability to meet challenges effectively. Students of social work usually have strong integrity and ethical conduct.

What career fields are related to social work?

  • Anthropology
  • Community Organization & Advocacy
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technology
  • Public Administration & Social Service
  • Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Studies/Sciences Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

How can I learn more about social work?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact Source:

College of Education & Human Development Academic Discovery Center

Location: Hinckley 309

Phone: 208-496-9850

Email: CEHDacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu