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! 

UM-Flint program responds to opioid crisis

UM-Flint program responds to opioid crisis

The epidemic spurred the development of a bachelor’s degree level program in Substance Use Treatment and Intervention.

Graduates reflect on college careers at UM-Flint

Graduates reflect on college careers at UM-Flint

Some of the most recent UM-Flint grads shared their thoughts on what the university has meant to them.

UM-Flint unveils Wolverine Food Den for Students

UM-Flint unveils Wolverine Food Den for Students

For students, by students. The Wolverine Food Den was built on this idea. Social Work students fulfilled their dream and made it happen.

Student speakers chosen for Spring Commencement

Student speakers chosen for Spring Commencement

Christopher Sanjurjo Montalvo and Andrea Draheim are this year's student commencement speakers.