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Social Work

Social workers ask questions such as: How do you help people living with HIV/AIDS access community resources? What are the best ways to change political policies that perpetuate poverty? How do you develop intervention programs for teenagers at risk of homelessness?

Social work involves helping individuals, families, groups, and communities to improve their individual and collective well-being. Social workers engage in a wide range of professional roles, and are employed in a variety of sectors that include, but are not limited to, private practices, the public sector, and non-profit organizations. During the course of your studies, you will gain research capabilities, practical experience, written and verbal communication skills, and a deeper understanding of how to help individuals and families within the context of their environment.

As a social worker, you’ll be prepared for global career opportunities in settings such as hospitals, community health clinics, social service agencies, correctional facilities, consultation agencies, and the civil service. A degree in social work can also be used as stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

About this program

Possible Occupations

  • Case Manager
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Group Facilitator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Developer