Social work is a profession focused on helping others, with the goal of improving the well-being of individuals, families and the community. Studying human behavior in social, cultural and financial contexts, this interdisciplinary field spans multiple areas of expertise, from sociology and psychology to health and counseling.
Social workers may specialize in crisis intervention, child welfare, behavioral issues, mental health, substance abuse, public policy, education, clinical practice, community organization and other areas. With such a diverse range of occupations, students can narrow down their studies to a particular career path and develop a unique program to meet their needs. Through a graduate program in social work, students can develop advanced knowledge of how human development, social institutions, cultural influences and social forces interact, positioning them as agents of change in their local communities.