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Social Work 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
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


*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.