Social Work


Social workers help people live more successfully within their communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.

  • comprehensive curriculum emphasizes:
    • effective analytical and intervention skills 
    • administrative, organizational and human relation skills
    • Extensive field work is an integral part of the curriculum
    • pursue a specialized area of study by choosing elective courses in such areas as: 
      • health
      • community development
      • child welfare
      • mental health
      • developmental and intellectual disabilities
      • family services
      • corrections

      Our Faculty

      • are innovative and interactive
      • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning 

      Akron Advantage

      Hands-on Experience

      More than 65 social service agencies throughout the region participate in the field work program, including:

      • Akron Child Guidance
      • Area Agency on Aging
      • Medina County Department of Human Services
      • Mercy Medical Center Hospice
      • Oriana House
      • Rockynol Continuing Care Retirement Community

      Real-World Experience

      Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.  

      Social Work Student Organization

      Interact with other social work students and professionals in the field through: 

      • Student Social Work League 

      Sample Curriculum

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      Career Opportunities

      A degree in social work paves the way to careers in a variety of settings, such as: 

      • social service agencies
      • hospitals
      • nursing homes
      • home health agencies
      • state, county and municipal government agencies, primarily in the departments of:
        • health and human services
        • mental health
        • developmental disabilities
        • social services
        • child welfare
        • housing
        • education
        • corrections

      Career Outlook

      Opportunities for social workers will continue to increase at a rapid rate, especially in rural areas, as the demand for social services becomes greater.

      Career Services

      Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.