Social work majors are interested in assisting people in the community who face challenging problems and would benefit from social services that can help them achieve their life-goals. Social work majors work for social justice through community development and advocacy. Social work scholarships are available for incoming freshmen and transfer students for between $500 and $2,000.
Social work majors aspire to careers in a variety of human service fields. Common career paths include services in substance abuse, child protection, juvenile court, mental health, and the elderly population. Social workers are also youth counselors, hospital social workers and case managers. Mount Mercy social work majors have graduated to begin careers with Child Protective Services, Family Programs Hawaii, juvenile and adult corrections, and foster care. Some students choose to pursue graduate degrees at institutions like the University of Iowa; University of Minnesota, Duluth; and Loyola University.
Social work majors are encouraged to team with professors in the compilation of research through the university’s Pathways to Scholarship program. Past faculty/student partnerships have resulted in the presentation of a community panel discussion on being a black professional in Cedar Rapids and additional data around cultural diversity.
Through partnerships with local organizations and community agencies like Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, St. Luke’s Hospital, Aging Services, Four Oaks, Goodwill, and the Department of Human Services, social work majors have an opportunity to gain two invaluable field experiences required during first and second semester of the senior year.
Social work majors recognize the importance of a global environment on the lives of people they serve. In addition to in-class discussion about global issues, the social work program encourages students to participate in study abroad opportunities, and offers a travel course to England every two years. During their time in England, students visit a variety of human service agencies, attend social work lectures at Canterbury Christ Church University, and site-see in London and the United Kingdom’s southern coast.
Social work majors enjoy being part of the Social Work Organization (SWO) which further engages students in community issues of importance to the profession. The activities are both intellectually stimulating and fun. Examples of recent SWO events include co-sponsoring the Social Work Month speaker, participating in a walk for suicide prevention, hosting an on-campus suicide awareness activity, coordinating Homeless on the Hill (an overnight homeless experience), and various other campus-led service projects.