Social Work Department

Social Work is a professional art, based on an eclectic, scientific body of theory, incorporating practice, knowledge, and skill, and fused to specific ethics with inherent social value assumptions. The profession is oriented toward helping in the resolution of diverse individual and social problems, the provision for meeting broad human and community needs, and the enhancement of personal or social functioning. The primary goal of the social work program is to prepare students for beginning professional generalist social work practice.

Why Social Work?

Social work is a helping profession with a broad range of opportunities to make a difference.

Are you interested in working to promote the well-being of society? Do you want to challenge poverty, inequality, and discrimination?  Has helping individuals, families, groups, and communities in crisis always been a passion of yours? If so, then a career in social work might be right for you!

Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Earning your bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) can open the door to a world of possible career opportunities for you! Social workers can be found in schools, hospitals, government agencies, health clinics, mental health clinics, non-profit agencies, in the government, and a number of other important arenas both locally and internationally.

 

Social Work News

CDR 438

CDR 438 to be Offered Online for Winter 2019

For those seeking a minor in Crisis Intervention and Disaster Response, or if you're just looking for an interesting elective, CDR 438: Crisis Intervention with Children and Schools will be offered online. 

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CSWE Letter to Trump Administration on Gender Definition

CSWE has issued a letter in response to the Trump Administration's plan to define gender under Title IX. This definition goes against social work values and removes protections for those who identify as transgender, non-binary, and intersex. To read the response, please click on the link below.

Social Work Club Sponsoring Sock Hop Collection Event

The Social Work Club is sponsoring a Sock Hop collection event for Socktober! For the month of October there will be collection boxes in

  • Social Work Department Office at 454 French Hall, 
  • Lobby of Riverfront
  • Lobby of the William S. White Building
  • 2nd Floor Entrance of French Hall 
  • Student Government Office at 364 University Center

There is also a box for Trunk or Treat candy donations in the Social Work Department.

Fall 2018 Department Newsletter

Stay up to date on what's been going on in the Social Work department. Featured stories include the South Africa study abroad trip, community engagement, faculty research, information on student organizations and upcoming events within the department! 

A semester of changes: First-Year Experience students prepare for future success

A semester of changes: First-Year Experience students prepare for future success

The UM-Flint course So You Want to Change the World is designed to provide students an outlet for critical thinking and thoughtful action related to societal issues. University Communications & Marketing has been following the class throughout the semester.

First-Year Experience course prepares students “to change the world”

First-Year Experience course prepares students “to change the world”

The UM-Flint course So You Want to Change the World is designed to acclimate new students to university life and expose them to new ways of learning and doing. It helps students foster critical thinking skills, which they then use to study larger societal issues.

Graduating student Kathrin Schuster: UM-Flint helped me flourish

Graduating student Kathrin Schuster: UM-Flint helped me flourish

Graduating UM-Flint student Kathrin Schuster said the university helped her flourish and "make a bigger impact in the world."

UM-Flint social work professor publishes new research on parenting and punishment

UM-Flint social work professor publishes new research on parenting and punishment

In this interview, UM-Flint social work professor Julie Ma, PhD, discusses recently published findings of new research on parenting and physical punishment.