Why major in Social Work?
Social work focuses on helping people and empowering them to make changes in their lives and communities. Mount Mary University’s accredited social work bachelor’s degree program has prepared students for successful and fulfilling social work careers since 1974.
Social work might be a good major for you if:
- you want to help people and are excited about working with people
- you want to make a difference in the world
- people turn to you with their problems and you enjoy helping them
- you enjoy learning about human behavior, social justice, and interpersonal and family problems
- you want a career that will support you financially and add meaning to your life
Growing Career Field
Through counseling, advocacy, crisis intervention, case management, family intervention and group work, social workers help people solve personal and family problems. All social workers must be licensed and Mount Mary’s accredited social work program prepares you to become a licensed social worker. Learn more about social work career opportunities.
Rigorous Bachelor’s Degree Curriculum and Fieldwork
Mount Mary offers an accredited four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree. You can complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis (though the part-time option will lengthen the program completion time). The program offers courses during the day and evening.
Nine professional classroom courses are required, in addition to 500 hours of supervised fieldwork. Students also participate in social action projects, a culminating capstone project and research.
Accreditation and Social Worker Licensure
Mount Mary was the first private college in Wisconsin to have a baccalaureate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program must fulfill strict procedures and practices in order to be accredited. Mount Mary’s social work program has been continuously accredited since 1974.
All social workers must be certified or licensed. Students who wish to take the licensure exam in Wisconsin must graduate from an accredited program. In addition, some employers may be required to hire graduates from accredited colleges and universities.
Because Mount Mary’s program is accredited, graduates are eligible to take licensure exams necessary for entry-level employment in the field.
Social Work Activities Outside of Class
Mount Mary offers three student organizations and honor societies specifically for social work majors: the Social Work Club, Delta Epsilon Sigma national honor society and Phi Alpha Honor Society. Through these groups, you can participate in service learning opportunities and raise awareness about social justice issues.
Scholarships for Social Work Majors
Through the generosity of alumnae and friends, three named scholarships are available to social work majors:
- Janet Mary Trutwin Elkouh Endowed Scholarship
- Catherine Brophy Swinnell Scholarship
- Social Work Alumnae Scholarship