What can I do with a major in Social Work?
UGA Specific Information for Social Work
The Social Work major at the University of Georgia provides a great combination of academic excellence and commitment to social justice within a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. BSW students have a grounding in liberal arts, which helps inform and enhance their social work classes. In addition, students learn about the history of social work and the development of social welfare, the impact of diversity and oppression on our society, and theories of human development including the development of the family and of groups. Students also learn about communities and organizations and how they affect families and individuals. Social work students learn research methodology and understand the relationship between research and practice. During their senior year, BSW students intern for 20 hours a week in social service agencies.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to prepare graduates for entry-level social work practice. Ranked #13 in the nation by College Factual, the program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for excellence in generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Generalist social work practice is based on an understanding of the ecological perspective, is driven by a commitment to social justice, and is grounded in scientific research.
Employers Hiring UGA Social Work for the Class of 2016*
Chatham County Department of Family and Children’s Services | Clarke County School District | Cobb County Division of Family and Children’s Services | Department of Family and Children Services | Division of Family Services | La Parrilla | LRG Provisions | Mount Saint Vincent | Oconee County Department of Family and Children’s Services | Perimeter Church | Surf Years | The Forum Athletic Club | The University of Georgia | The Wesley Foundation | Vacation Express
Job Titles of UGA Social Work Majors for the Class of 2016*
Case Manager | English Teacher | Food Server/Waiter | Foster Care Social Services Case Manager | General Manager | Housing Administration Clerk | Inside Sales Coordinator | Mental Health Worker | Personal Assistant | School Social Worker | Social Services Case Manager | Social Services Case Manager for Child Protection Investigations | Staff
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Social Work Majors for the Class of 2016*
Fordham University | Georgia State University | New York University | The University of Georgia | The University of South Carolina | Valdosta State University | Washington University in St. Louis
UGA Social Work Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
-Participate in the Career Center's Intern for a Day program to explore career fields of interest.
-Conduct informational interviews. Build your network through brief one-on-one conversations with professionals in your career fields of interest. Speak to your Career Consultant to discuss how to set up and prepare for informational interviews.
-Join a student organization related to your interests and goals. Get active and taken on leadership roles in professional, service, social, advocacy, and/or honor organizations to gain valuable experience.
-Look for student-specific and career resources from professional associations affiliated with your career fields of interest.
-Take on an internship, part-time job, or volunteer opportunity related to your career fields of interest. Utilize Handshake to find these opportunities.
-Seek research, presentation, and writing opportunities.
-Explore and discuss graduate school options and resources early.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
Career Insider: Vault Guides (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "Career Insider". Select "Industries and Professions".)
Candid Career (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "CandidCareer.com". View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
"So You Want to Be a Counselor/Therapist? Let Me Tell You the Ways" (Psychiatry vs. Psychology vs. Counseling vs. Social Work, etc.)