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Social Work

A group of smiling MSU sociology majors and faculty members hold up a banner that says, “School of Social Work.”

The principal educational objective of the social work program is to prepare students for beginning social work practice. The program is grounded in the liberal arts and social sciences and is structured around courses in social work practice, social welfare policy, human behavior in the social environment, social research and a practicum experience. 

The program is designed to prepare students for general social work practice and for graduate study and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


Graduates in social work pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of diversity, intercultural communication and community relations.

Alumni work at: 

  • Athens County (Michigan) Children's Services
  • Family Adoption Consultants
  • Michigan Department of Human Services 
  • St. Vincent Catholic Charities 
  • Orchards Children Services 
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Housing Services of Eaton County 

Alumni work as: 

  • Adoption program specialists 
  • Educational consultants
  • Foster care case manager
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Veterans case managers
  • Youth advocates

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