WHAT IS SOCIAL WORK?
This major is part of the Social & Behavioral Sciences Exploration Group
Students who pursue this major must transfer to the UConn Greater Hartford Campus for junior/senior year.
Social Work is a profession that is grounded in social justice and human rights. It examines the bio-psycho-social nature of individuals, groups, families, and communities and facilitates their well being while honoring self-determination.
The study of social work prepares individuals for a broad range of professional opportunities and social work graduates are in high demand. Social workers work as clinicians, school counselors, policy advocates, community organizers and are found in a wide variety of settings such as state and federal agencies, schools, NGOs, hospitals, and other social service agencies. Since social work tends to service individuals, groups, families and communities who are or have been historically affected by structural inequity, it pays close attention to the larger social forces that can determine well-being. Understanding the person-in-environment, that is how individuals, groups, families and communities are affected by their social and environmental context, is a crucial principle in social work. This perspective includes the role of social workers as actively working against oppression, prejudice, discrimination, and other forms of injustice. Social workers are change agents.
HOW TO DECLARE:
APPLICATION REQUIRED. UConn sophomores can apply to the School of Social Work by completing the School of Social Work’s application and choosing Social Work as their major. Find more information and the application here.
HELPFUL INTRO COURSES:
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ANTH 2000 - Social Anthropology (Gen Ed: CA 2 and CA 4)
HDFS 1070 - Individual and Family Development (Gen Ed: CA 2)
HDFS 1060 - Close Relationships Across the Lifespan (Gen Ed: CA 2)
HDFS 2001 - Diversity Issues in Human Development and Family Studies (Gen Ed: CA 4)
HRTS 1007 - Introduction to Human Rights (Gen Ed: CA 2 and CA 4-INT)
PSYC 1100 - General Psychology 1 (Gen Ed: CA 3)
POSSIBLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
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