Social Work

General

Program Description

Kansas State Polytechnic’s social work program is designed for individuals determined to become professionals to help others navigate relationships; solve personal, family and community challenges; and learn to shape social and environmental forces affecting daily life.

Social work is a profession for those with a spark of idealism, a belief in social justice, and a natural love of working with people. Social work offers the chance to work with and for people regardless of socioeconomic status, race, age or gender in hospitals, at home, or at work.

Kansas State Polytechnic's social work program offers an intimate class size and inter-professional collaborative training with a final semester field practicum. Students will emerge prepared to practice in the most diverse environments, from urban to small communities and rural areas. The program is nationally accredited by the Commission of accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education.

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Academic Curriculum

The classes in the social work major provide the knowledge, values and ethics, and skills that are needed for working in the profession. An emphasis is placed on practicing and developing competence in the skills used to work with people.

Graduates are recognized as holding a generalist or beginning level degree and are eligible to apply for a social work license in Kansas and other states that license bachelor’s-level social workers. Graduate school builds on the foundation of the undergraduate degree, allowing the social worker to be in more specialized positions.

Social Work - Official Study Guide (pdf)

About the Program

Kansas State Polytechnic's undergraduate social work program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. The undergraduate major is recognized as the beginning-level professional degree.

Students graduating from the social work program at the Polytechnic campus are eligible for the social work licensing examination and certification process in states that have such requirements. Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in social work will be eligible for advanced standing in master of social work programs throughout the United States.

What is Social Work?

  • Social Work is a dynamic, changing, and challenging profession with a vast array of career options and rich opportunities for deep personal satisfaction.
  • Professional social workers are experts who help people obtain the resources they need to live with dignity.
  • Social workers are also committed to making society more responsive to people's needs.
  • Social work's historical mission has been helping the disadvantaged, those who have been excluded from participation in the ideal of a just and equitable society.
  • Contemporary social workers also assist people from all walks of life, with all kinds of problems, in all kinds of settings--rich, poor, black or white, young or old, in hospitals, at home or at work.
  • Social work is a profession for those with a spark of idealism, a belief in social justice and a natural love for working with people.
  • Social work offers a person a career with the chance to work with and for people of all kinds and needs.
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Why Major in Social Work?

  • You want a good job and one that "makes a difference"
  • You like to help people, see them grow and change in positive ways
  • You want a degree that offers maximum flexibility in the job market
  • You want a professional degree – one that prepares you for a position as a professional social worker
  • You like to get out of the office and meet people, no sitting around for you!
  • You believe that everybody deserves a chance at a better life and you want to help them have it
  • You have been told that you are a great listener and helper and want to make a career out of what you do well
  • You like to learn about others' ways of thinking and behaving
  • You are interested in different cultures and ways of life
  • You like being around kids
  • You like being around older adults
  • You like being around teenagers
  • Basically, you like people and believe in the value of helping others to "be all that they can be"

Social Work Organization

The Salina Social Work Wildcats is a registered student organization with the Office of Student Activities and Services at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. The purposes of the organization are to promote professional excellence among social work students, to network with and perform service projects for the community that share social work values and principles, and to provide continuing education opportunities.

The organization is student-led and meets monthly. The activities, projects, and leaders are determined by the membership. Members are encouraged to pay $10 per semester for participation, but no one will be denied membership if they cannot afford the dues.

Members must be in good academic standing with the university. Membership is NOT limited to social work majors. All registered Kansas State Polytechnic students are welcome. If you are interested in joining, please ask a student or professor for the date of the next meeting.

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Career Options

Social work is a dynamic and challenging profession with a vast array of career options and opportunities for deep personal satisfaction. Professional social workers are experts who help people obtain the resources they need to live with dignity. At the same time, social workers are committed to making society more responsive to people's needs.

Social workers practice in a variety of settings. In fact, wherever there are people, there are social workers. They are in hospitals, working from the obstetrics unit to the intensive care unit. They are in schools, helping children, teachers and parents cope with problems. They are in mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and public agencies, from the employment office to the public welfare department.

Each private family service agency has social workers helping with everything from counseling to finding housing or transportation. Social workers are deeply involved in child welfare, providing essential foster care and adoption services. They are increasingly visible in the workplace, helping employees solve personal problems and employers resolve personnel problems.

There are social workers in universities, teaching and doing research. They are in nursing homes, the armed services and in private practice. Social workers in all these settings are seeing problems, understanding needs, developing relationships, helping people build their own lives and assisting communities in creating and delivering the services and support need.

Fall (August) Semester: February 1 (selective admissions)
June 1 (regular admissions)

Spring (January) Semester: October 1

Summer (June) Semester: March 1

Last updated February 2019

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