Social Work is Social Justice

The School of Social Work resides in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy within the College of Arts & Sciences. The School offers three degree programs and a graduate certificate in School Social Work. The Bachelors of Arts in Social Work program and the Master of Social Work program are both fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). Our new Doctor of Social Work Program has launched, and will begin instruction in Fall 2020.

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A Special Message from Our Director

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Welcome back to the 2020-21 school year! We are living in challenging times. Our Provost, Tom Nenon, called this the most difficult year in higher education since the Great Depression. We are facing a pandemic and a significant economic downturn. We are also facing a new recognition of the racism that has always been present in our society as well as harsh reactions towards protestors in some cities around the country.

As social workers, we know that challenges call us to demonstrate resiliency, to adapt and grow. We are also called to renew our commitment to social and economic justice, to advancement of human rights, and to combating racism and other forms of oppression. This crisis has already spurred advances in the field around telehealth and the increased use of other types of technology in practice. It has also pushed us as faculty to be more innovative in the use of technology in teaching. I believe that we will see many other innovations and advances in our field as we move forward in response to current events.

We know that there will be challenges this year. Please reach out to others as you face those challenges. We are here to help you navigate this challenging year. Please feel free to reach out to me with any concerns that you have.


Susan Neely-Barnes, PhD, MSW 
Director & Chair