social work student

Department of Sociology & Social Work

Both of our programs—sociology and social work—will give you an array of timely and topical courses taught by faculty members who are caring, committed to student learning and actively engaged in research in their disciplines. They will serve as your mentors and advisors. With a bachelor’s  degree in social work, you’ll be able to sit for licensure to practice professionally in the state of Maryland; be prepared for a variety of entry-level positions in human services agencies and community-based organizations; and because our major is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, you may be eligible to earn a master’s degree in social work with just one additional year of graduate study.

Sociology will sharpen your ability to write, think, speak, analyze, and synthesize and organize information—all marketable skills for employers. You’ll develop an understanding of how people interact with each other and within organizations, be able to work as part of a problem-solving team, and have a deeper awareness of social problems in the U.S. and around the world.

As a student in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, you’ll take part in internships or field placements, which will serve as community-based learning opportunities that will tie in classroom learning and career aspirations with real-world experience. This combination of academic and practical experience means that you’ll graduate well-prepared for your first job and career. Students may also work with a faculty member on an independent study related to a specialized topic of your own choosing.

Departmental News

  • Professor Malikah Marrus was granted the Susan Whaley Study Abroad Development Grant to work on study abroad programming in Wales for our Hood students (Summer 2019).
  • Dr. Jolene Sanders received a Board of Associates' Grant for her project, "Getting sober and growing older in Alcoholics Anonymous: Women's perspectives." (Summer 2019)
  • Dr. Michelle Gricus received a Summer Research Institute grant to working with social work student Lili Wysiekierski on a project regarding Social Workers' Perceptions of Disciplinary Action. (Summer 2019)