Exploring a Career in Social Work

By Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted on February 18, 2016  in  [ Psychology & Counseling ]

Considering a career in social work? The profession is growing faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grand Canyon University offers a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Social Work, which can help you explore this helping profession and find your purpose in social work.

What is Social Work?

Social work is work performed by trained professionals with the intent of aiding and assisting those who are in need of help, whether it be personal, financial or emotional. Social work is a helping profession, meaning the goal of a social worker is to allay the issues and problems that people tend to struggle with without proper care. This can include removing a child from a dangerous home or finding ways to provide shelter and food to a homeless person. No matter the circumstance, if it is within the job description to assist those in need, there is a good chance it can be done by a social worker.

What Can I Do With a Social Work Degree?

With a degree in social work, you may pursue a career in social services, hospice care, crisis intervention, nonprofit management, healthcare or foster care. People who pursue a degree in social work have a love for helping and assisting others. There exists a wide variety of occupational workplaces in which a social worker might be a perfect fit. It is a field that allows you to focus on one area of interest, or branch out to many, and help different kinds of people with different kinds of problems.

A Social Work Degree at GCU

The degree in social work at GCU consists of courses such as Social Psychology and Cultural Applications, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and Social Research and Statistics; these classes, along with others, serve to teach students about sociology in the modern world and the ways in which social work can make a positive impact. You can expect to learn the importance of topics such as applied sociology and sociological perspectives and analysis as tools to discovering the careful and professional ways of social work as it applies to the world today.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is the first step to becoming a successful social worker in whichever area of interest is desired. To further your education, it might be a good idea to research master’s degrees for a deeper understanding of the field and profession. You may want to consider GCU’s master’s in professional counseling or master’s in psychology if those fields offer insight into the specific area of interest you desire for your future.

To learn more about Grand Canyon University’s sociology degree or social work degree, contact us to request more information.

More about the author:

Jessalyn Johnson is a freshman at Grand Canyon University. She is an English literature major with a minor in theatre. Coming all the way from Central Florida to Phoenix, Jessalyn has enjoyed the change of environment and loves being a student at GCU. She has adjusted well and is excited to continue her journey at the college. Jessalyn has recently become a member of the StartleBloom: The GCU Literary Review Editorial Board, with the review making its debut in 2016. In her free time she enjoys creative writing, photography, acting and film.

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