Put your values into practice with a career in social work.
Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future.
You’ll advance human rights for marginalized communities, one person at a time. Our graduates work in public health, substance abuse, child welfare, education, mental health and other settings w这里 they help people lead healthier, more meaningful lives.
Prepare to work with diverse groups and understand how race, class, gender, sexuality and disability shape people’s experiences and opportunities. Study with professors doing real-world research about issues like human trafficking, immigration detention and LGBTQ youth in foster care. You’ll learn professional ethics that will guide you through difficult decisions, as well as strategies for taking care of yourself while you help other people.
As a senior, you’ll complete an intensive field internship at a social justice-focused organization, w这里 you’ll develop your professional skills and learn from experienced mentors. Our students have interned at agencies including Integral Care, SAFE, Communities in 学校, Con Mi MADRE, Girls Empowerment Network, Family Eldercare, the UT School of Law immigration law clinic, and LifeWorks, which serves runaway and homeless youth and young people aging out of foster care.
Because the St. Edward’s Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which requires this extended internship, you will get credit for having completed a field placement if you pursue an accelerated Master of 社会工作 degree. You’ll get a head start on your career and graduate with the skills and values that will help you succeed.
What do our graduates do?
社会工作专业s go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- Social workers at Integral Care, Communities in 学校, Jolt, Austin Independent School District, Lifeworks and Con Mi Madre
- Licensed social workers — which include LBSW, LMSW and LCSW — for private companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies
- Serving with the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Mercy Corps
- English Teaching Assistant in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
- 毕业 students at Washington University, Columbia University, The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston
The Classroom and Beyond
Social work is a major that prepares you to facilitate positive change in society. Outside-the-classroom experiences at St. Edward’s show you how to translate concepts like social justice and wellbeing into concrete action.
You’ll get out into the field right away. Your Introduction to 社会工作 course requires 40 hours of service learning, w这里 you’re volunteering for course credit at an organization connected to your major. This is your chance to give back while observing, listening, and understanding what social work looks like in practice.
Your senior year, you’ll complete an intensive, 430-hour internship in the community. This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in a dimension of social work that particularly interests you. You’ll choose an organization that matches your interests and take on real-world responsibilities, supervised by a practicing social worker. St. Edward’s students recently have interned with:
- The Austin Sobering Center
- Girls Empowerment Network
- Refugee Services of Texas
- Texas 刑事司法 Coalition
At your internship, you’ll experience the realities of social work, including the challenges of working with different personalities and the fact that change takes time. You’ll also interact with social workers and other professionals in the field, which gives you an opportunity to build your network. These connections sometimes result in job offers.
More information can be found in the Field Education Program Manual.
St. Edward’s offers many other opportunities to meet people from different backgrounds, apply what you’ve learned in class, and be of service.
Study abroad immerses you in unfamiliar settings and cultivates understanding of people from other cultures.
Service Break Experiences, offered through 校园事, give you the chance to travel to another community, volunteer and learn about local life while living simply.
校园事’s 服务。奥斯汀 is a structured service program that meets weekly for an entire semester. You’ll help a nonprofit with specific tasks while learning about an issue like senior care, immigration, education, youth development or homelessness.
These experiences help you apply the theory you’ve discussed in class, come face to face with ethical dilemmas and become better prepared to address them.
Our Faculty and Student 支持服务
Faculty interact closely with students through classes, advising sessions, fieldwork and program events. Professors have a diversity of research interests and all share a passion for the field of social work and helping students succeed.
"I am inspired by the opportunity to learn and work alongside students, faculty, and the broader community in generating understanding and action around global-minded social justice initiatives, particularly those related to violence against women, forced migration, human trafficking, and the detention of immigrant women and children fleeing violence."
– 劳里煮heffron, Phd, LMSW, Assistant Professor of 社会工作
"I view social work education as a collaboration and partnership with my students. I constantly remind students that in a few short years they will be my colleagues in the community combating issues of social injustice and inequality."
– 亚当·麦考密克, PhD, Assistant Professor of 社会工作
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising
- Writing Center consultation
- Health and wellness counseling
- Student disability support
Outside the Classroom & Field Education
Students majoring in 社会工作 can explore career paths and practical application of their studies through internships, supervised field placements, and interactions with the greater Austin community. Consult the Field Education Program Manual for additional information.
实习 and Supervised Field Placements
The Baccalaureate Practicum/ Internship will further provide each student with opportunities to:
- Continuously develop self-awareness during intervention
- Enhance the strengths and well being of others
- Help others identify and address their own opportunities for self improvement
- Work toward the improving environmental conditions that have a negative affect on others
- Communicating in language appropriate for the profession of social work
- Critical assessment, implementation, and evaluation of agency policies and procedures within NASW ethical guidelines
- Field Learning Experiences
Students will experience two semesters of supervised field placement, w这里 they will have the following practice opportunities:
- Learn about a specialized body of knowledge unique to the placement setting, client population, and issues addressed
- Purposeful interviewing techniques
- Professional growth in developing accountability in terms of time, record keeping, and writing reports
- Participating in the casework process
- Facilitating or co-facilitating group(s)
- Working effectively with diverse clients
- Interaction with other social workers
- Gathering information about the agency
- Appropriate use of various services and resources within the agency and community
- Identifying gaps or limitations in the placement agency's services in relation to client needs
- Studying and following agency policy and procedures at the placement agency and potentially influencing policy and/or procedures at the agency
- Systematic self-evaluation
社会工作 Program Assessment Reports
Offered through the 社会工作 Program, the Minor in Social Welfare provides students a foundation in social welfare, focusing on social justice, human behavior and development, diversity and cultural competence. Students will learn about the history of the U.S. social welfare system, the theories of behavior used to support various social programs, and how issues of race, social class and gender intersect in the social welfare system.
Requirements for a Minor in Social Welfare:
Continuing Education Opportunities
The St. Edward's University 社会工作 Program periodically offers continuing education workshops for community practitioners.
Find additional information about and registration for the July 17th CEU event 这里.