Simply put, social workers are individuals who help other people live their best lives. Social work, by definition, is the professional activity of helping individuals, groups or communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning. As a trained social worker, you will be able to have a profound influence on your local community, the global community and the future of society as a whole. Here at Cedar Crest College, we are committed to preparing social work professionals who will strive to alleviate poverty, oppression, and discrimination through a dedicated advocacy for social, and economic, and environmental justice.
By pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work (B.S.W.), you are opening the door to a future career that is meaningful, diverse, satisfying, challenging, principled, and highly adaptable. In fact, there may be more career paths open to you than you dreamed possible.
As you already know, the profession of social work offers tremendous emotional rewards. What you may not know about the B.S.W.:
Today, more social workers provide counseling and psychotherapy than do individuals from any other profession, including psychologists and psychiatrists. Students who graduate with a master’s level degree in social work are able to perform the same services as many professionals who hold a Ph.D.
Many career paths will be open to you after you earn your bachelor’s degree in social work. Here are just some of the occupations or organizations for which this major is well suited. (Additional training may be required for some of them.)
Contact these professional organizations for additional information on the field and study of social work.