A Career Guide for the Social Work Major

The social work profession has its own body of knowledge, code of ethics, practice standards, credentials, state licensing, and a nationwide system of accredited educational programs. The Department of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice. A major in Social Work provides students with the knowledge, values and skills for responsible entry into professional social work practice. In addition, the program provides an excellent base for entry into graduate programs in social work, with Advanced Standing available for graduates of our program, leading to an M.S.W. degree in one year instead of two. The Social Work major also provides students with essential knowledge for effective participation in community processes.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Social/community services
  • Cultural diversity
  • Minority issues
  • Social justice
  • Working with people
  • Analyzing/interpreting/evaluating data
  • Solving problems
  • Computer literacy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Strong oral/written communication skills
  • Ability to compile/evaluate information
  • Objectivity/sensitivity
  • Ability to work independently/in groups
  • Planning/organizational skills
  • Flexibility


Students majoring in Social Work must earn 120 credit-hours in academic courses with at least a 2.0 FAU GPA. The Admission Requirements for the Social Work Program leading to the Bachelor of Social Work degree are the same as for Bachelor of Arts degree candidates (refer to the Undergraduate Catalog). In addition to the core curriculum and other lower division requirements, the Social Work program consists of 39 credits of required coursework including field education, and 21 credits of electives outside the major for a total of 60 credits hours. Ample opportunity exists for each student to select courses that support his or her field of practice interests.


The following are examples of positions often held by Social Work graduates:

Clinical Therapist
Child Abuse Investigator
Protective Service Worker
Employment Services Coordinator
Data Analyst
Personnel Director
College Dean
Program Developer
Human Resource Manager
Agency Director
Family Therapist
Social Service Worker
Vocational Counselor
Clinical Supervisor
Community Relations Director
International Program Supervisor
Mental Health Worker/Therapist
Foster Home Developer
Campaign Manager
Crisis Intervention Counselor
Human Rights Spokesperson
Federal Program Administrator
Probation Officer
Mediation Counselor
Geriatric Specialist
Policy Analyst
Program Administrator
School Social Worker
Community Organizer
Domestic Violence Counselor
Public Assistance Worker
Employee Assistance Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor
Psychiatric Social Worker
Residential Care Manager
Medical Social worker

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Department of Social Work
Social Science Building, SO 284
Boca Raton Campus

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Urban and Public Affairs and the Department of Social Work.

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