Social Work Department

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.

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.

To be considered for a major in social work, please contact Dr. Carol Jabs at (708) 209-3145 or email Dr. Carol Jabs to receive the required admission packet. 

Why study at CUC?

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.

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.

Career paths for social work graduates include:

  • Community Organizer/Advocate
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Hospital or Hospice Social Worker
  • Geriatric Social Worker
  • Family Court Counselor
  • Foster Care Caseworker
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Behavior Therapist
  • Clinical Social Worker

Social Work Major (48 hours)
Required (42 hours)

For course descriptions, please reference the undergraduate course catalog.

SOW-4000 Introduction to Social Welfare
SOW-4110 Social Work Values and Ethics
SOW-4200 Social Welfare Policies and Services
SOW-4210 Cultural Sensitivity in Social Work Practice
SOW-4320 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SOW-4325 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
SOW-4420 Social Work Practice I: Micro-Methods of Intervention
SOW-4430 Social Work Practice II: Mezzo-Methods of Intervention
SOW-4440 Social Work Practice III: Macro-Methods of Intervention
SOW-4700 Social Work Research Methods
SOW-4990 Social Work Field Experience
SOW-4991 Social Work Field Seminar

Electives (6 hours)

SOW-4310 Loss and Mourning
SOW-4350 Social Work with Abusive and Addictive Systems
SOW-4410 Child, Family, and Community
SOW-4510 Social Work with Children and Adolescents
SOW-4515 Social Work with Adults and Families
SOW-4910 Special Topics in Social Work Practice