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

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! 

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.

In the News: UM-Flint experts discuss technology addiction, anti-fascism, social media and politics, Eminem v. Trump, and the opioid crisis

In the News: UM-Flint experts discuss technology addiction, anti-fascism, social media and politics, Eminem v. Trump, and the opioid crisis

UM-Flint faculty experts on the topics of technology addiction, anti-fascism, social media and politics, Eminem v. Trump, and the opioid crisis.

UM-Flint and area partners promote dialogue through literacy

UM-Flint and area partners promote dialogue through literacy

The University of Michigan-Flint is a partner in the second annual community-wide literacy initiative, Community Read.