Social work is a profession dedicated to helping people while maintaining a focus on addressing social problems, challenging social injustice, recognizing the importance of human relationships, and maintaining integrity.
Social workers can work for both public and private organizations, within the areas of health, politics and policy, child welfare, school social work, mental health, aging, homelessness, advocacy and community organization and many more!
According to the National Association of Social Workers, Social Work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States, expected to grow by 25% between 2010 and 2020.
The Social Work program at Texas Tech University is part of the Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department. Students majoring in Social Work at Texas Tech will graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work. Students are also able to minor in Social Work.
After completing their degree in Social Worker, students are eligible to sit in for the Bachelor Level Social Work Licensure Exam. They must have a degree from a Council on Social Work Education Accredited social work program, just like the one here at Tech!
Another great advantage offered through this program is field placement! This experience gives developing social workers a chance to work alongside social workers in community agencies and learn more about limitations, and how to assess problem, and use creative thinking. This tests students’ commitment to the field and provides an opportunity for students to clarify their personal professional direction. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/socialwork/documents/Field%20Education%20manual%208-2011.pdf
Students can also attend graduate school for social work. A licensed MSW can conduct therapy, train teachers and child care providers to identify substance use problems, mental health issues, or child abuse. The degree can also prepare graduates to work as administrators, case managers or program developers. This can then lead to further positions within social and government agencies, such as policy makers and planners. This two year degree is not offered at Texas Tech yet, but our accredited undergraduate program can help lead you into a graduate program of your choice.
For students interested in becoming a professional social worker, critical thinker, and civic participant, Social Work may be just the major for you.