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Social Work Major 

Applied Sociology Major 

A social work degree from Mercyhurst University is a professional degree that prepares students to work

in any number of fields upon graduation. 

Students who continue on to graduate school, which is the case for a majority of social work alumni, continually indicate how well prepared they are to excel in their graduate studies.  The foundation courses they take at the undergraduate level also allow them to enroll in graduate school as advanced standing students.

Examples of areas with career paths for social workers include:

  • Children's Services
  • Health Care
  • Social Welfare Research
  • Community Development
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Residential Treatment
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Aging Services
  • School Systems
  • Public Welfare
  • Substance Abuse
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Consumer advocate
  • National and international sustainability initiatives
Graduates holding a degree in applied sociology will be well prepared to continue their sociology education at the graduate level, should they want to become professors, researchers or applied sociologists.

The degree also provides a strong liberal arts foundation for entry-level positions in business, social service, and government, as well as for professions that require further study, such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling.

Examples of career paths include:

  • Consumer advocate
  • Environment protection analyst
  • Regional crime prevention coordinator
  • Drug policy adviser
  • Law reform researcher
  • Customs/Immigration Analyst
  • Community corrections coordinator
  • Lobbyist/Civil Liberties Advocate
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Victim Service Worker
  • Youth Justice Worker
  • Research Assistant/Analyst
  • Family Court Counselor
  • Social Service Worker
  • Marketing Specialist
Employment of social workers is expected to increase by 22 percent* by 2016, which is much faster than the average for most other occupations. Professional social workers are the nation’s largest group of mental health services providers.  Additional information about careers in social worker is available at
The employment outlook for the occupations listed above, as well as similar professions are expected to grow between 15-28 percent* by 2010. Go to http// for additional information regarding careers in sociology.


*Employment outlook statistics are provided by The U.S. Department of Labor.

For information on the nature of social work, training, advancement, job outlook and earnings visit the U.S. Department of Labor.