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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.