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Social Work

What is Social Work

Social workers assist people in enhancing their social functioning, in resolving problems, and in coping with the many forces influencing the quality of daily living. Social workers help individuals, families, groups or communities. They also address institutional, governmental and organizational policies, laws, and regulations in an effort to create services that are responsive to the needs of vulnerable people.

Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty and other forms of social injustice.

Why Major in Social Work?

Training for generalist social work practice prepares students for a variety of entry-level social work jobs in human services agencies and community-based organizations. These jobs may include case management, counseling, client advocacy and many other rewarding tasks.

The social work major requires 500 hours of field practicum during senior year and gives students many practice skills in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Students who major in social work want to be involved in a profession that cares deeply about society's most vulnerable people. A bachelor's degree in social work enables graduates to sit for licensure to practice professionally at the bachelor's level (in the state of Maryland).

Social Work at Hood College

The Hood College social work major is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. This accreditation gives graduates the opportunity to apply for Advanced Standing at many graduate schools of social work, which allows students to earn a Masters in Social Work (M.S.W.) with one additional year of graduate study.

Hood is also known for its attentive faculty members, all of whom have practice and research experience. Recent faculty projects—which have involved students as well—have included conducting research on elder mistreatment and on the predictors of performance in field education.

The major includes coursework in human behavior and the social envi- ronment, social policy and service institutions, social research and social work methods. Course content includes social work values and ethics, populations at risk, human diversity, and issues relating to economic and social justice.

During the field placement, students also complete a seminar course to allow for close communication between students, faculty field liaison and field instructor. This arrangement provides regular support for students and is a means of further understanding and processing the experiences that occur while in the field.


Hood College Social Work students have completed field placements at the following sites:

  • Frederick County Detention Center, Inmate Services
  • Springfield Hospital Center
  • Adult Services Unit, Frederick County Department of Social Services
  • Family Partnership of Frederick County
  • Way Station, Inc. (psychosocial rehabilitation services)
  • Buckingham's Choice (continuing care retirement community)
  • Daybreak Adult Day Services
  • Institute for Family Centered Services
  • Washington County Department of Social Services
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • Pyramid Program, Frederick County Public Schools
  • Glade Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Frederick County Mental Health Association

What Our Students Say

"The Hood College Social Work program offered me many opportuni- ties that I would not have gotten at another school. The curriculum was so strong that I was fully prepared for my transition into graduate school at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Through this program, I was able to apply my knowledge on an international scale as well as experience social work in another country. Above all, the Social Work professors were amazing. Each of them was willing to go above and beyond to help the students, even when the student was no longer at Hood. I loved this school, this program, and the connections I was able to make. I would not change a thing about my undergraduate experience."
Class of 2012

"I owe everything to Hood's social work program. When I graduated I knew I was given all the tools I needed to succeed and work for social justice. I looked forward to all of my social work classes because each class offered something challenging and intriguing. The class sizes allowed for more discussion and participation. Plus, I met incredible individu- als in the social work program who aided in my development as a social worker as well. The professors challenged and pushed me so that I would be ready from the word "GO!" for practice or graduate school. I believe I would not be as successful as I am today if it wasn't for Hood's social work program. To this day, I still talk about my Hood College social work degree with great pride and gratefulness."

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