Social Work

When you major in social work at Bowie State University you’ll develop the knowledge and helping skills to work with diverse populations and empower individuals and groups to address issues of social and economic injustice.  Social work professionals become advocates for the disadvantaged and champions in the fight for human dignity.

The Bowie State social work department cultivates leadership and excellence in practice through experiences in the classroom and required field instruction where you’ll work closely with expert professionals in community associations, mental health agencies, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and other social service organizations. The program’s flexible evening course schedule attracts many adults seeking career advancement in human services fields.

The social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. 

What you’ll learn:  

Students who complete the program develop analytical and critical thinking skills that enable them to tackle tough societal issues and social problems in a variety of public and private settings.  You’ll be equipped to continue your education at the graduate level and to pursue scholarly research in the field. The sequence of courses will explore broad aspects of the human experience including individual and group behavior, children and family relationships, race and ethnic issues, poverty, addiction, and spirituality. All students in the program must complete two levels of Spanish or American Sign Language, a requirement that significantly enhance your marketability in working with diverse groups.

Career Paths:

Employment OpportunitiesProgram courses are structured and sequenced to prepare students for entry into the social work field with the knowledge, skills, and values appropriate for generalist practice. Generalist practice involves:

  • Working with clients at all levels (individuals, families, groups, communities)
  • Connecting clients to available resources
  • Intervening with organizations to enhance the responsiveness of resources systems
  • Advocating just social policies to ensure the equitable distribution of resources
  • Researching all aspects of social work practice