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Social Work

“I wish there was some way I could help.” If you’ve ever seen a fellow human struggling or in crisis and wanted to connect them to the resources they need to start thriving, McDaniel’s Social Work major is for you. We’ll equip you with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to make a difference.

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The nationally accredited Social Work program at McDaniel College prepares you for entry-level, culturally sensitive, generalist practice with individuals, families, small groups, communities and organizations. You’ll be provided with the knowledge, skills, values and training needed to work effectively with vulnerable and at-risk populations. We offer multiple service-learning experiences throughout the Social Work curriculum.

Hands-on Helping

In your senior year, you’ll be placed in a human service agency under the supervision of a master’s level social worker two days a week for a two-semester internship. By the completion of the social work major, you’ll be capable of asserting leadership in the establishment, provision, and delivery of human services at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Future Career Paths

About 75 percent of all recent graduates are employed in social work or related human service jobs. Many also pursue graduate study at such institutions as the University of Maryland, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Catholic University.

Recent Internship Placements for Social Work Majors:

  • Department of Social Services
  • Carroll Lutheran Village
  • Youth Services Bureau
  • Family and Children Services
  • Hopewell Cancer Support Center
  • Carroll County (MD) Human Services Program

Distinctive Courses

SWK 2214 - HBSE: Infancy to Adolescence

HBSE (Human Behavior and the Social Environment) courses examine the richness and diversity of the human experience over the life span from a person-in-environment perspective. Theoretical frameworks ranging from Freud to Feminism are examined. Functional and dysfunctional patterns of coping and adaptation are identified. SWK2214 focuses on the period between infancy and adolescence. It can be taken before, after, or concurrently with SWK2225. Social issues such as learning differences, teen suicide, and eating disorders are explored within a sociohistorical context.

SWK 2217 - SW & Marginalized Populations

An overview of social work and social welfare in America with an emphasis on historical development and current institutional nature. The student will learn to identify social problems and analyze social welfare programs, especially at the federal level. International social welfare programs will also be analyzed. The main focus of the course is on the impact of social problems and social programs on marginalized populations. Students will become familiar with the NASW Code of Ethics and its application to social work generalist practice.

SWK 2225 - HBSE: Early to Late Adulthood

HBSE (Human Behavior and the Social Environment) courses examine the richness and diversity of the human experience over the life span from a person-in-environment perspective. Theoretical frameworks ranging from Freud to Feminism are examined. Functional and dysfunctional patterns of coping and adaptation are identified. SWK2225 focuses on the period between early and late adulthood. It can be taken before, after, or concurrently with SWK2214. Social issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and age-related dementia are explored within a sociohistorical context.

SWK 4422 - Social Work Practice with Families and Small Groups

This course is the third in the Social Work Practice sequence designed to enable students to work with families and small groups in a manner appropriate for a generalist social worker. Students will explore variations of family development and behavior in regard to diversity as well as maladaptive coping and adaptation patterns on the part of individuals within families and families in interaction with their environment. Critical thinking skills (predict, evaluate and explain) will also be emphasized.  Students will also be introduced to assessment concepts appropriate for a generalist social worker and will make recommendations for potential interventions/services for clients.

Senior Capstone

Emily Gebhart, a Social Work major from Sykesville, Md., whose capstone field placement took her to Paul’s Place, a community center providing programs, food, clothing, services and support to families and individuals in Southwest Baltimore.

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Special Opportunities

Here are just a couple things that help make our program one of the best in Maryland.

Students volunteer at the annual Spring Clean-Up

The Private College Experience

McDaniel’s Social Work program is one of only two programs at private colleges in Maryland accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure at the baccalaureate level in Maryland and in other states that have licensure for BSW.

Students planting trees.

Social Work Action Team

The Social Work Action Team (SWAT) gives students opportunities to organize community activities ranging from a Hunger and Homelessness Awareness campaign in the local community to the annual “Walk a Mile” fundraiser for the local Rape Crisis Intervention services. Students raised over $5,000 and won the County award in 2012.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Wayne Young leaning on table flipping through pages of a book in front of a white background.

Student Spotlight Wayne Young, Jr. Social Work and Women’s Studies, 2019

Wayne Young, Jr. ’19 truly made the most of his time on campus. He was a resident assistant and the founder of the McDaniel College Debate and Speech Club, among many other accomplishments. Now he’s headed to the University of Maryland School of Social Work with Advanced Standing and will graduating with his master’s in 2020.