The Wesleyan Advantage Bachelor of Science in Social Work will give you general skills to help individuals, groups, and communities function successfully in the social arena: from dealing with poverty and domestic abuse to disability and mental illness. The degree also includes training in statistics and research.
Through a combination of classroom, community, and field work experience, social work students gain the necessary skills and expertise to become a professional, generalist social worker who can promote social justice and enhance human well-being for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Social workers provide counseling and assistance to all economic levels and age brackets—from school social work to child advocacy, employee assistance, disability services, health care services, criminal justice counseling, veterans assistance, long-term care assistance, and hospice care. Nearly half of social workers are employed as child, family, or school social workers. Social workers also are employed in medical, mental, and public health fields, including substance abuse, hospice, and hospital social work. The growing elderly population and the aging baby boom generation will create greater demand for health social services. Other opportunities include social work administrators, researchers, planners and policymakers, who develop and implement programs to address issues such as child abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, poverty, and violence.
Social work can be highly challenging, but is also a very rewarding career path. Social workers should be good communicators, emotionally mature, objective, and sensitive to people and their problems. They must be able to handle responsibility, work independently, and maintain good working relationships with clients and coworkers. An aptitude for mathematics will be needed to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures quickly.
The Social Work program at Nebraska Wesleyan University complies with the standards of and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Due to some limitations for which unlicensed social workers may work and some variation in the requirements to obtain a license, those interested in becoming a social worker should research licensure requirements in their State.
The program consists of 42 hours of coursework in the major. There are also 22–23 hours of supporting coursework designed to meet your specific interests.
General education requirements for graduation from Nebraska Wesleyan University must be fulfilled by all candidates for any baccalaureate degree, including the Bachelor of Science in Social Work.
Courses are offered in five- and eight-week sessions. Classes meet one night a week from 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
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