Social Work Minor Now Available

A new minor in social work is being introduced at William Woods University to help students strengthen their career potential.

“A minor in social work can greatly enhance a graduate’s ability to succeed in any workplace that serves people,” Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner, director of the social work program at WWU, said.

A social work minor would be particularly helpful, she said, for students majoring in legal studies, business (public or non-profit sectors), education, interpreting and psychology.

“These professionals generally work closely with social workers with whom they share clients and/or they receive a large number of their referrals from social workers,” Jacobs-Kenner said.

“As a result, effective service delivery to clients depends greatly on interdisciplinary communication and understanding of social work values, ethics and direct practice functions.”

A minor in social work will require 18 credit hours, many of which also fulfill the university’s common studies requirements.

As part of the new minor, a new course in community service learning is being added to the curriculum. George Garner, associate professor of social work, will teach it.

Social work courses have been taught at William Woods since 1968, and the professional degree, bachelor of social work (BSW), has been offered for more than 20 years. The Council on Social Work Education has accredited the WWU social work program since 1987.