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Social Work

The right major matters.

By choosing to major in social work, you are embarking on a journey of service to others. The MacMurray College Social Work Program will help you to become a leader, scholar, and experienced practitioner who is prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

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Opportunities for Students

As a social work major, you can become involved in a variety of outside-the-classroom activities, like an annual spring break trip, when students have tutored disadvantaged children and visited a homeless shelter. Students participate in the student-led Social Work Club, Hunger Awareness events, and attend local conferences.

In addition, as a MacMurray Social Work major, you will have a practicum internship your senior year in one of the many social service agencies and institutions in Jacksonville. By graduation, most students have 400 hours of practicum work, making them that much more attractive to employers.

Fieldwork

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At MacMurray, you'll have extensive opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience through a practicum internship at a local human service agency, institution, or organization, such as the Morgan County Probation Office, the Jacksonville Center for Independent Living, or at an organization closer to your hometown.

Field experience is an integral part of the MacMurray social work education, and good preparation matters. In the field, you'll be able to apply the theory you learn in the classroom to real social work situations. The hands-on experience is crucial to understanding how social problems impact individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities — the sort of practical knowledge your future employer will want.

In recent years, MacMurray students have engaged in fieldwork at more than 40 organizations and agencies in the region in a wide variety of social-service areas, including child welfare, health services, criminal justice, mental health, disability services domestic violence, gerontology, substance abuse, the schools, and many others.

View a full list of organizations and agencies that have a relationship with the MacMurray College Social Work Program.

After Graduation

MacMurray's Social Work Program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, prepares graduates for beginning professional social work practice and/or the successful pursuit of a graduate degree. Recent graduates from the Program have been hired by such places as the Crisis Center, the Illinois Institute for Addiction & Recovery, AmeriCorps, and the Social Security Administration.

A graduating student with a bachelor's in social work from MacMurray is able to apply for advanced standing when applying for a master's in social work program. This means that you could graduate with a two-year master's degree in only one year. A recent graduate of our program was able to transfer 30 MacMurray credits into her MSW program and graduated with her master's exactly one year after graduating from MacMurray.

Coursework

Learn more about Social Work courses and how to pursue a major in Social Work through our catalog.

Faculty

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Joseph Squillace, Ph.D., MSW

Lead Faculty for Social Work
Professor of Social Work

"I love the MacFam. The six core values of MacMurray — Faith, Knowledge, Service, Wisdom, Duty, and Reverence — are infused throughout our daily life at the College. Our small class sizes allow us to work on projects in depth for deeper modes of learning and engage with the communities around us. It's a privilege to watch our Mac students develop into leaders and citizens of the 21st century."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Squillace is the author of numerous scholarly and advocacy publications covering Medicaid and dental and mental health care. As a practicing social worker, he has been a policy analyst, advocate, nonprofit manager, and direct service practitioner. He drafted the Comprehensive Children's Mental Health Services System legislation that passed the Missouri legislature in 2005, as well as legislation to prevent the relinquishing of child custody for mental health services and for the provision of oral health care services delivered by dental hygienists in public health settings.
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy — St. Louis University
  • M.S.W. — St. Louis University
  • B.A. in Philosophy — Fordham University
  • Courses taught: Introduction to Social Work, Social Welfare Policy, General Practice Communities and Orgs, Research Methods, Professional (Senior) Seminar, Introduction to Sociology, First-Year Seminar
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Jodi Pupillo, MSW

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work
Director of Field Education for Social Work

"As an alumna of MacMurray, I love teaching the next generation of social workers in a community dedicated to the educational transformation of students in higher education."

  • Areas of interest: Jodi is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the State of Illinois. She practiced clinical social work as a Sexual Assault Therapist at the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault for three-and-a-half years prior to starting at MacMurray. Through her work, she acquired the clinical skills necessary to teach human behavior, person-in-environment, clinical diagnosis, and other components necessary for clinical practice in social work. She carries three professional certifications: Illinois Domestic Violence Counselor Certification, Illinois Sexual Assault Counselor Certification, and Illinois Victim Assistance Academy Certification.
  • M.S.W. — St. Louis University
  • B.S.W. — MacMurray College
  • Courses taught: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social and Economic Justice, Diversity and Human Rights, General Practice: Individuals, General Practice: Groups, Field Practicum Seminar, Introduction to Sociology, Professionalism in Social Work, Social Work with Children, International Social Work
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Christina Blash Anozie, MSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work

"One of the reasons I love teaching at MacMurray is the practical approach that is taken towards learning. When our students graduate, they not only know the theories that guide practice, but they know how to do the work in their field. The skills they learn here are invaluable."

  • Areas of interest: Professor Anozie enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling in the United States and abroad, and takes a special interest working to fight against human trafficking.
  • M.S.W. — St. Louis University School of Social Work
  • B.S.W. — University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Courses taught: Introduction to Social Work; Introduction to Sociology; Cross-Cultural Communication; Human Behavior and Social Environment; Modern Slavery; Social and Economic Justice, Human Rights, and Diversity; Substance Use, Abuse, and Prevention; Social Work Practice with Children; Practice III: Communities and Organizations; Research for Writing and Speaking