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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

Hayden Lee

People’s advocate

Hayden hopes to serve as an advocate for people in need, aiming to improve their lives and circumstances.

Hayden's story

Taylor Sun

Fostering community

Taylor landed her dream job right after college when she began working at the Joy House, a housing program for women and children escaping domestic violence.

Taylor'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