Social work is a unique profession rich with meaning, action, and the power to make a difference. Social workers help people; they provide direct services and work to promote social and economic justice. 

At Carlow, we cultivate career-ready, ethical leaders. Social work has its own body of knowledge, code of ethics, practice standards and a nationwide system of accredited education programs. As a professional social worker, you'll be equipped with the knowledge, skills and ethics necessary to serve individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Students complete service-learning projects and experiential assignments that connect them to community agencies and professionals. A social work major will complete 100 hours of volunteer service, before being admitted to the program's upper level. 

Seniors in the major gain a distinctive 500-hour field placement to intern in health and human service settings and receive professional supervision. Carlow maintains partnerships with over 150 community agencies through this program.


Based on an understanding of human nature and cultural diversity, in Carlow's nationally accredited program, you will develop generalist, entry-level social work skills for practice with individuals, families, groups, organization, and communities.

There are a broad spectrum of career opportunities available to you with a social work degree. Carlow social work graduates are found in many places, including public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, police departments, courts, and in private practice. Social work majors have accepted jobs as counselors, vocational/behavioral counselors, mental health workers, child welfare aides, caseworkers, and foster care coordinators.

Many students in counseling-related majors choose to continue their education in graduate or professional school. Recent Carlow graduates have continued their studies in graduate programs, many with significant scholarship awards.




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“I had real relationships with professors from day one, and they pointed me in the right direction.” - Emily Wassel, BSW '12