The social work collection supports the degree programs of the University's School of Social Policy and Practice and the research activities of the School's faculty. Currently the major emphasis in the curriculum is applied research related to the profession of social work and the broad field of social welfare in both an historical and contemporary frame. Within this context the analysis of social policy and social problems and the investigation and evaluation of a wide range of intervention programs and practices are major concerns. Faculty research focuses on these areas as well.
The School offers the following graduate degrees: the M.S.W., M.S. in Social Policy, M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership, Ph.D in Social Welfare, and the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work. Students in all programs combine field work in their area of specialization with academic course work. In addition the School offers the following joint degree programs with other departments and schools within the University and with other institutions in the area.
MSW/Master of City Planning
MSW/ Master of Government Administration
MSW/Master of Public Health
MSW/MS in Criminology
MSW/MS in Education
MSW/Ph.D. in Social Welfare
MSW/Home-School Visitor Certification Program
MSW/Certificate in Jewish Communal Services
MSW/Certification in Catholic Social Ministry
MSW/Certificate in Lutheran Social Ministry
There are 6 research centers at the school: the Center for Research on Youth and Social Policy, The Cartographic Modeling Lab, Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice and Research, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research, The Evelyn Ortner Unity Program in Family Violence, and The Social Impact of the Arts Project.