Undergraduate Program

Social work is a broadly based profession that seeks to identify and alleviate both the individual and social causes of problems related to meeting basic human needs, and assists people in interacting effectively with one another and with the environment. Western Michigan University's School of Social Work offers an undergraduate program that provides a generalist social work education encompassing a broad range of helping skills designed to enhance the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. The School of Social Work educates social workers to advocate for social and economic justice and personal well-being for all people. The program promotes social and economic justice by teaching students to critically examine oppressive and discriminatory social constructs, policies, practices, attitudes and assumptions.

Potential employers

Program graduates will be prepared for entry- or mid-level careers in various settings, which include:

  • Adoption agencies
  • Child welfare departments
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Corrections and public safety departments
  • Employment services
  • Family service agencies
  • Foster care agencies
  • Human rights and advocacy organizations
  • International aid and refugee relief organizations
  • Labor unions
  • Local, state and federal governments
  • Public interest groups
  • Schools
  • Senior services
  • Social service agencies

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