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- Bachelor of Science in Social Work
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
- Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (MSABA)
Overview: You look around and see people whose lives are bleak and miserable. You see social problems that aren't getting any better. You're upset that our world isn't what it could be. You know that you could make it a better place. Sounds like you have a "social conscience" and are looking for a way to use your talents and compassion to help others. A degree in social work may be what you are looking for.
Curriculum: The Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree at Saint Louis University prepares students for a professional career in social work. Students learn skills for assessing and intervening with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities as well as knowledge of social policy and research. Issues of social justice permeate the curriculum. The program culminates in a two-semester practicum in which students put into practice the knowledge gained in the classroom. SLU cooperates with over 400 approved social service agencies where students in practicum work under the guidance of seasoned and experienced supervisors. The BSSW degree also offers a solid start toward a Master in Social Work degree, even the possibility of earning up to 18 credits toward the MSW degree.
Faculty: Faculty members in the School of Social Service represent wide and deep experience as social work practitioners and also as contributors to social work research and scholarship. They are also actively involved with community agencies in research and service activities. Faculty are readily available to students outside the classroom setting and serve as advisors to students in the BSSW Program.
Internships: Practicums in the BSSW Program are more than the typical internship of other fields. In senior year, students spend two days per week in both semesters in a social service agency selected by the student. The experience is directed by the School and involves students in real service to clients. Students also have opportunities to participate in research involving faculty and community agencies.
Careers: Students in the BSSW Program look forward to careers in a wide variety of settings. Recent graduates obtained jobs in child abuse and neglect, in geriatric services, in probation and parole, in drug abuse treatment, in juvenile courts, in domestic violence, in home health care, and many other areas. Labor Dept. projections indicate a steady demand in social work jobs in the years ahead.