Social Work is a broadly based profession that seeks to identify and alleviate both the individual and social causes of problems related to meeting basic human needs, and assists people in interacting effectively with one another and with the environment. The Western Michigan University undergraduate social work program provides a generalist social work education encompassing a broad range of helping skills designed to enhance the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. The School of Social Work educates social workers to advocate for social and economic justice and personal well-being for all people. The program promotes social and economic justice by teaching students to critically examine oppressive and discriminatory social constructs, policies, practices, attitudes, and assumptions.
Program graduates will be prepared for entry- or mid-level careers in various settings, which include: