Sociology and Social Work

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Mercyhurst University Social Work and Sociology Department provides students with the academic and hands-on experience needed to develop into future leaders who make a difference in the world. Mercyhurst will provide you with the knowledge and skills to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities through the study of sociology or social work

If you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in law, business, education, health/medicine or allied social work, a foundation in sociology will provide you with a strong understanding of how the world works. While sociology offers you theories and a global perspective on how the social world operates, you may instead want to work directly with people to address issues such as chemical dependency, mental health, child development, poverty, quality of life for older adults, healthy youth development, and community building. With a degree in social work, you will receive hands-on education needed to be effective in working with individuals, groups, communities and systemic change.

Courses such as contemporary social problems, diversity of society, research, human behavior and the social environment and policy prepare to be advocates for social justice and to work with people of all ages and from diverse populations. That, combined with a liberal arts core, ensures that our students leave with the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively to ensure opportunity for all to achieve meaningful, productive lives.

Program Accreditation 

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