What You’ll Learn

Social workers make the world a better place. They work with low-income families, children, recovering addicts and the elderly to provide them with housing, food, employment, health care—and most importantly — hope for the future.

What will I study as a social work major?

Every person has certain basic needs that need to be met in order to live a healthy and happy life. According to psychologist  Abraham Maslow, the most important needs are:

  • Adequate food and water
  • Shelter
  • A sense of being loved and belonging
  • Strong self-esteem

As a major in JCSU’s nationally accredited social work program, you’ll learn how to help people meet these needs. Your classes will focus on the behavioral reactions when these needs are not met and the psychological reasons behind them.

Popular classes in the social work program



SWK 234 Introduction of Gerontology Study the biological, psychological and social effects of aging and learn entry-level skills to better serve elderly adults.td>
SWK 331 Child Welfare: Policies and Practices Examine the impact of policies on the welfare of children and families.
SWK 432 Social Work With Groups Learn the skills required to effectively handle group interaction to produce successful results.
SWK 334 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I Explore human behavior from a normal perspective, focusing on the behavioral consequences when a human’s physical and psychological needs are not met.

Where will I study social work?

As a major in our social work program, your education won’t stay in the classroom.

All social work majors participate in internships that allow them to put what they’ve learned to good use. Whether they work with young children, low-income families, the elderly or survivors of domestic abuse, these internships set our majors on a path toward a rewarding career of service.

The Department of Social Work also offers our majors a resource library that features:

  • Books
  • Films
  • Graduate school material
  • Journals

Our students often use the library as a skills lab to tape case presentations, simulations and case staffing for their class assignments.

What will I learn outside the social work program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in computer science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking math and science classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Social Work. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1064.