It also will prepare you for active engagement with issues of social justice, oppression, and social welfare at local, state, regional, national, and global levels. You'll study with students from diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives.
You'll also have access to a high level of faculty expertise due to the school's location at a major research university.
As a social work student, you may choose to participate in one of several service learning opportunities, in which you'll apply social work knowledge, skills, and values as you encounter people who live in dramatically different environments, come from very different cultures, and in some cases, speak a different language.
Service learning programs complement classroom instruction. They have included trips to cities in the United States, Mexico, and India.
Through practice that challenges oppression and increases the power and wellness of vulnerable people, we work to create a more just society.
The School of Social Work embraces the profession’s commitment to the values of human diversity and the dignity and worth of all people, with particular attention to those who are oppressed, vulnerable, or living in poverty.
Admission to the social work major is competitive; you must apply and be admitted.
As an entering first-year student, you'll declare a social work interest as your major for advising assignments and course selection.
It is strongly recommended that students have volunteer, internship, or work experience in areas related to social work before applying to the program.
Students also should: Students who plan to complete their AA degree at an Iowa Community college should consider the 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan.