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School of Social Welfare

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Social Work

Social work develops the capacity for caring, to help people in need. Connecting individuals and groups with the resources within themselves and their communities is the social worker’s contribution to society.

The School of Social Welfare provides the education and experience necessary for a career in social work, using a strengths perspective. The field is based on knowledge drawn from the social sciences and its own research and practice. Social work has a code of ethics, practice standards, and a nationwide system of accredited education programs to meld the desire to help others with the skill and knowledge needed to provide that help.

The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. The program defines generalist practice as maintaining focus on the interface between systems—individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The B.S.W. program also is offered at Kansas City Kansas Community College as a 2+2 degree-completion program. If you are interested, contact the program coordinator at 913-288-7304 to make an appointment.

University Honors Program

The school encourages qualified students to participate in the University Honors Program.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.