Why a Degree in Social Work?
The degree also provides an excellent foundation in problem-solving, communication, and inter-professional collaboration, skills which are valued by many professions and graduate degree programs.
What is Social Work?
Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, according the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social workers follow a set of values and principles to help individuals, families, and groups restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, and work to create societal conditions that support communities in need.
The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior, of social, economic and cultural institutions, and of the interaction of all these factors, according to the National Association of Social Workers. For this reason, social workers play an important role in policy and advocacy at the legislative level.
“Social workers promote social policy and social justice to help people overcome life challenges.”
Most importantly, social workers promote social policy and social justice to help people overcome life challenges, from poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce and loss to unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness.
Careers in Social Work
- Substance Misuse and Addictions
- Child Welfare
- Public Welfare
- Developmental Disabilities
- Employment/Occupational Social Work
- Health Care
- Policy and Planning
- International Social Work
- Community Organizations
- Mental Health/Clinical Social Work
– Madison Darling, BSW Student
– Carin Ikenberg (’17 MSW)
highly supportive professors who are leading scholars and researchers. ”
– Quentin Maynard, PhD Candidate
Connect with SSW
We encourage prospective students to visit the School of Social Work on the beautiful campus of The University of Alabama. We offer information sessions for our BSW and MSW Programs to help you to learn more about our School, meet our faculty and hear firsthand from current students about their UA experience.
Plan a Campus Visit
Campus visits are a great opportunity to see what it’s like to be a student at the UA School of Social Work. We invite you to come see why our faculty members are deeply committed to teaching, research and ensuring our students become global leaders in the field of social work.
Financial Aid, Scholarships and Tuition
We believe students from all economic backgrounds should have the opportunity to obtain a degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama. The University of Alabama and the School of Social Work offers scholarships, grants, loans and work-study options that help students defray some of the costs associated with earning a college degree.