It takes a special person to care for the needs of others, to listen with an open heart, to establish trust and confidence in a helping relationship.
If you possess these qualities, you could be heading for a career in social work. At Concordia University Chicago, we want you to explore this field through our challenging curriculum and field experience opportunities. Introduction to Social Welfare, a class you can take your first year at Concordia, takes you to a number of different social work settings to explore the practice of social work. Learn firsthand from people already in the field and find out if social work is truly for you.
Social Work (BA)
Our bachelor of arts degree in Social Work provides a curriculum and learning environment that is accessible to a broad diversity of students, who will make important and unique contributions in their service to clients, communities and the profession-at-large.
Graduating social work students are prepared to enter the profession in various positions and employment settings. They are also prepared to continue their education at the graduate level with a master’s degree in social work.
What can I do with a degree in Social Work?
Social workers find careers in public and private agencies, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, schools and other educational institutions, the court and correctional systems, as well as in private practice as therapists. Many graduates find employment with the agency where they completed their field experience and then go on to graduate school. More than 65 percent of our social work majors continue their education towards a master of social work (MSW) degree.
- Community Organizer/Advocate
- Child Welfare Worker
- School Social Worker
- Behavior Therapist
- Hospital or Hospice Social Worker
- Geriatric Social Worker
- Family Court Counselor
- Case Manager
- Foster Care Caseworker
- Human Resources Consultant
- Victim Services Worker
- Crisis Counselor
- Probation/Parole Officer
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Clinical Social Worker
Field experience lets you apply theories and concepts you have learned in class to real world settings. You will receive extensive exposure to different areas of social work and still be able to arrange the experience to satisfy your specific goals and needs. As the field experience continues, your faculty advisor will work closely with you to assist your progress. The bottom line for our students is that they get the experience they want and need.
A bachelor of arts degree in Social Work provides a curriculum and learning environment that is accessible to a broad diversity of students, who will make important and unique contributions in their service to clients, communities and the profession-at-large. Graduating social work students are prepared to enter the profession in various positions and employment settings. They are also prepared to continue their education at the graduate level with a master's degree in social work.
Types of sites that Concordia students have completed their internship:
- Youth services centers
- Senior services centers
- Circuit Court Social Services Department
Students can access applications and materials related to internships as well as job opportunities on the Resources tab of the Concordia Connect student portal.
If you are a business or organization with a job or internship opportunity for a Concordia Social Work student, please contact Dr. Carol Jabs.
Alpha Kappa Delta
International Honors Society for Social Justice, Research and Service
Benefits of Becoming a Member
- Lifetime membership
- Every new initiate receives a certificate and membership card.
- Members are invited to an induction ceremony/dinner.
- Members receive a free one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, official journal of AKD.
- Members have access to the AKD newsletter.
- AKD sponsors student paper contests for members with cash prizes and travel money to participate in the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting.
- Members are eligible to wear honor cords for graduation ceremonies, AKD pins, and other memorabilia.
- Membership indicates academic honors status on your resume.
- AKD members who become Civil Service employees meet one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level (an increase in pay-grade, providing they enter at the GS-5 level).
- Concordia will pay the $40 membership fee
Sociology, Criminology or Social Work majors who demonstrate a serious interest in social issues (all sociology majors/minors, criminal justice majors and social work majors fulfill this requirement)
- Be at least a junior
- Have an overall GPA of 3.3, including all sociology/criminal justice/social courses
- Have taken at least four courses in sociology, criminal justice and/or social work
Potential candidates should contact Dr. Carol Jabs as the AKD chapter representative by phone, ext. 3145 or email.
Download the application or see Social Work faculty for an application.
Social Work Club
CUC's Social Work Club gives students the opportunity to plan special events such as guest speakers, film screenings, field trips and service learning projects.