• Social Sciences

Social Welfare

The courses within the social work concentration explore both the history and evolution of social welfare programs and the development of social work and other helping professions that practice in the community.

Building on psychological and sociological theory, the courses afford students the opportunity to see theory in practice.  Students who complete this concentration will be well-prepared for entry-level positions in the field, and for graduate work in social work and social policy.

Students wishing to achieve official recognition of the concentration must be Sociology Majors and complete three required courses: Introduction to Social Welfare (Soc 382) and the two-semester Field Experience in Social Welfare course sequences (Soc 483-484). These courses provide students a background for understanding the background of social welfare policy and development of the contemporary social work system. The Field Experience allows students to work for a year within a social services agency with staff in clinical situations and develop beginning skills that can help them in entry-level positions if they seek work in human services.

In addition, students will complete at least one of the following courses: 

SOC 212 Sociology of the Family
SOC 240 Criminology
SOC 341 Variant Behaviors
PSY 304 Theories and Processes of Counseling

Most students who complete the sequence find the experience to be a strong first step toward beginning a career in professions such as Social Work. Many choose to go on to graduate training in Social Work, Psychology, or a related field. Recent graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at Columbia University, University of Maryland, New York Univerity, University of Pennsylvania, Salisbury University. and others.

“[The major] got me interested in how social structures can negatively impact individuals, which has (and will) help me work with people in a clinical setting who have had different experiences than me.”
- Christy Littlefield, ’15