Employment Opportunities
BSSW graduates become generalist social work practitioners and are qualified for a wide range of jobs.  Employment prospects for undergraduate social work professionals are very good. U.S. News and World Report routinely lists social work as a strong growth field.

About 15-20% of our graduates are employed prior to graduation.

BSSW social workers are case managers, counselors, advocates, planners, organizers, educators, and administrators.

BSSW social workers work

  • with all age groups including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and aging,
  • all systems levels including individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities
  • in our communities, at state, regional, federal and internationally
  • in all kinds of social service settings including county human service agencies in health, mental health, disabilities, employment training & child welfare; schools, head start,  & child care; hospitals & health care settings; aging nursing homes; behavioral health, addictions, & violence treatment; nonprofits & community action agencies, advocacy organizations; planning agencies; homelessness, poverty, & food insecurity; judicial, legal, & legislative entities

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Advising & Professional Development Opportunities

  • Assigned a Social Work Program Faculty Advisor help develop academic plan and provide academic and professional readiness support.
  • Faculty mentor students in research, presentations, or writing projects;
  • Students present at local, state, and international conferences,
  • Students publish letters to the editors, policy analysis reports, and  articles in professional journals
  • Professional development opportunities include Social Work Day at the Capital; MSSA conferences; membership in search committees; BSSW Program Student Advisory Council, etc.
  • The Social Work Club recognized for its work with local community programs and leadership opportunities
  • Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society  provides academic recognition, leadership opportunities, and service activities

Domestic and International Study Away Opportunities

  • Short term (3-4 weeks) and long-term (semester) study away programs in the US, South Africa, and Northern Ireland
  • Students and faculty have studied in Thailand, Australia, Finland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and Belize 

Graduate Education Opportunities

  • About 25% of our BSSW graduates pursue graduate education; at least 50% complete graduate education over time
  • BSSW graduates can complete the  graduate social work programs in one year
  • BSSW students graduate from MSW programs in North and South Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, California, Washington.
  • Graduates pursue degrees in law, corrections, human services planning and administration, urban planning, counseling psychology, and student personnel.
  • Our graduates awarded highly competitive scholarships for graduate education.