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You have a heart for people, especially people in need. You’re a listener, a problem solver, a person others can count on. You feel the need to act when you see economic or social injustice. If this is you, consider a career in social work.

CSWE accreditation

Northwestern’s social work department is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). That gives you an advantage if you want an M.S.W. degree because you won’t have to repeat in graduate school the classes you took as an undergrad.  Explore programs


You’ll get plenty of personal attention from Northwestern’s social work professors, who have extensive experience as social workers in settings like group homes, domestic violence programs, governmental and nonprofit agencies, and therapy and counseling centers.  Explore faculty

Real-world experience

Before you start your career, your social work professors will make sure you’re ready. Social work majors are required to shadow licensed social workers and complete a senior-year practicum near campus or elsewhere in the U.S.  Explore practicums

Chie Lee

Making connections

Chie's heart for helping others first interested her in the field of social work, but the opportunity to learn and study abroad drew her to Northwestern.

Chie's story

Pedro Ruiz

Justice for all

The first in his family to attend and graduate from college, Pedro is using his background in social work in his role as the executive director of La Unidad, a youth development soccer program.

Pedro's story

Danielle Straka


A love for children, nurtured through four mission trips to Haiti, led Danielle to a full-time social work career at Robin's Nest orphanage in Jamaica.

Danielle's story