Social Work

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U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports:

  • Over 595,000 social workers were employed in 2006. The need for social workers is expected to increase by 22% between now and 2016. This increase is faster than the average for all other occupations.
  • Child, family and school social work job opportunities are expected to increase by 19% by 2016.
  • Medical and public health social work job opportunities are expected to increase by 24% by 2016.
  • Mental health and substance abuse social work job opportunities are expected to increase by 30% by 2016.
  • All other types of social work job opportunities are expected to increase by 18% by 2016.

Ready to get started? We cannot wait to meet you!

Please contact our Academic Coordinator, Karen Dixon for information about our BSW or collaborative MSSW programs. 806.720.7836 or karen.dixon@lcu.edu

Do you want a career that will change lives?

If you answered yes, then bachelor of social work (BSW) is the degree plan for you. Social workers truly touch lives, empower people and strive to help individuals, families and communities overcome their challenges.

Nature of Social Work

Social work is a profession of licensed individuals with a strong desire to help improve people's lives. Social workers are trained to help people cope with daily challenges in their relationships, families, and the community at-large. Social workers advocate for better services, social policy and engage in community development as well as research of social issues.

Social workers value services to others, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence (NASW, 2006).

A Bachelor's Degree in Social Work Emphasizes....

  • populations-at-risk
  • diversity
  • social and economic justice
  • healthy relationships
  • alleviation of poverty, oppression & discrimination
  • critical thinking
  • ethical behavior
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014