Social Work

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Sociology and Social Work offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Social Work. The purpose of the major in Social Work is to prepare students for beginning practice in social work and to provide an educational foundation for students planning to pursue graduate study in social work. The major provides a well-rounded academic background in the generalist social work practice model. The professional practice component includes practice courses and a field practicum. The program receives full accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. This accreditation assures that the school is committed to continuous improvement and quality in the area of Social Work.

Students in Bradley’s Social Work program work directly with faculty who regularly publish, conduct scholarly research, and receive funded grants to enhance their focus on scholarly teaching. Their expertise includes subjects such as:

  • child welfare
  • social justice
  • social stratification
  • family studies
  • social work

Many instructors bring their research interests into the classroom. All Social Work courses are taught by professional social workers with practice experience. Courses in social welfare, human behavior and social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations make up the core curriculum. The major also requires selected courses in psychology and sociology along with courses from other areas.

Bradley’s Distinctive Approach
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Social Work majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences, including:

  • Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society
  • Pi Gamma Mu, an international social science honor society
  • Bradley University Student Association of Social Services (B.U.S.S.)
  • Sociology Club

Both Sociology Club and B.U.S.S. sponsor forums which address pressing contemporary issues and provide opportunities for social activities and interaction.

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Social Work graduates enjoy a placement rate of up to 100 percent. Typically, more than one-third of graduates in Social Work find employment while the remaining two-thirds continue their education. Graduates have pursued careers in areas including:

  • child welfare
  • human resources
  • mental health
  • gerontology
  • corrections
  • school social work

Graduates have furthered their studies at:

  • University of Chicago
  • Washington University
  • Case Western University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Illinois State University
  • St. Ambrose