Put your values into practice with a career in Social Work.

Major Roadmap

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Social Work Major Guide

You’ll advance human rights for marginalized communities, one person at a time. Our graduates work in public health, substance abuse, child welfare, education, mental health and other settings where they help people lead healthier, more meaningful lives.

Prepare to work with diverse groups and understand how race, class, gender, sexuality and disability shape people’s experiences and opportunities. Study with professors doing real-world research about issues like human trafficking, immigration detention and LGBTQ youth in foster care. You’ll learn professional ethics that will guide you through difficult decisions, as well as strategies for taking care of yourself while you help other people.

As a senior, you’ll complete an intensive field internship at a social justice-focused organization, where you’ll develop your professional skills and learn from experienced mentors. Our students have interned at agencies including Integral Care, SAFE, Communities in Schools, Con Mi MADRE, Girls Empowerment Network, Family Eldercare, the UT School of Law immigration law clinic, and LifeWorks, which serves runaway and homeless youth and young people aging out of foster care.

Because the St. Edward’s Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which requires this extended internship, you will get credit for having completed a field placement if you pursue an accelerated Master of Social Work degree. You’ll get a head start on your career and graduate with the skills and values that will help you succeed.

What do our graduates do?

Social Work majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Social workers at Integral Care, Communities in Schools, Jolt, Austin Independent School District, Lifeworks and Con Mi Madre
  • Licensed social workers — which include LBSW, LMSW and LCSW — for private companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies
  • Serving with the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Mercy Corps
  • English Teaching Assistant in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • Graduate students at Washington University, Columbia University, The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston

Practice Compassion. Thoughtfully.

Practice Compassion. Thoughtfully.

The possibilities for learning at St. Edward’s are practically limitless. Read about Social Work major Bridget MacDonald ’19 and her experiences on the hilltop and what she plans to do next — and read the stories of other students who went big on the hilltop.