The Social Work Program Goals are:
- Teach students to engage in generalist practice as competent professionals to sensitively to work with diverse populations.
- Utilize one’s strengths and multifaceted identity to develop a professional social work identity and values.
- Enhance the strengths of clients to build the capacities within themselves and their environments.
- Promote human rights and social justice locally and globally.
- Critically consume and generate social work knowledge to inform generalist practice.
How to Become a Social Work Major
To declare a major in social work, you must contact the Office manager, Cody Budd, at (773) 442-4760 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer students and students who are veterans to transition to Northeastern.
We have several advisors to assist you with transcripts, audits, transfer credits, course selection, career options or any questions and concerns you may have. Once you declare your major in social work, you will be assigned one of the following individuals as your primary contact:
- Gary Gaspard, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shannon Wall, email@example.com
- Rodney Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Job Ngwe, email@example.com or (773) 442-4764
Northeastern’s Academic Advising will assist you in understanding the process to fulfill General Education and liberal arts requirements.
Clubs and Organizations
Alliance of Student Social Workers
This is the Social Work Program’s club for students. It is entirely student-run and provides an opportunity for students to engage in advocacy and lobbying at the University and beyond. It also serves as a place to socialize and connect with peers. Check out their Facebook page for the latest updates.
The Alliance of Student Social Workers (ASSW) provides an opportunity for students and faculty to discuss local, state, national and international social issues and topics. Activities organized by the ASSW include bringing guest speakers to campus and working with other student clubs to plan events and activities. Officers of the ASSW are liaisons to the social work faculty and serve as student representatives to the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. ASSW officers are elected for one-year terms at the last meeting of the Spring semester. If you would like more information about ASSW, you may contact the club's faculty advisor, Professor Jade Stanley, chair, Social Work Program.
Explore other clubs through the Office of Student Leadership and Development, which houses chartered clubs and organizations to meet the interests of students on campus. Joining a club is one of the many extracurricular things to do while at Northeastern.
In today's global society, an increasing number of social workers are choosing to live and learn in cultures very different from their own. In fact, many believe there is no better way to truly understand the impact of global forces on the vulnerable populations we serve, both at home and abroad. Northeastern’s BSW curriculum includes an increasing number of international experiential courses and learning opportunities. Learn more about global learning opportunities available to you as an BSW student. A growing number of Northeastern BSW faculty members and students are conducting international research in countries around the world. Many of our students begin a research project while in the program and continue this interest in their advanced studies.
Check out our newsletter, NEIU Advocate, to find out more.
McNair Scholars Program and NEIU's University Honors Program
Many of our social work students are also members of the McNair Scholars Program, a program that supports first-generation college students and students from historically underrepresented groups. The Social Work Program has been recognized for mentoring the largest group of McNair Scholars over the past five years. Explore eligibility for and benefits of participation in Northeastern’s University Honors Program.
Throughout Chicago and the surrounding area, internship opportunities are available at many agencies and organizations. We encourage and support students to seek and apply for positions at the micro and macro level in social work and non-profit organizations, as our students are in high demand based on their life experiences, training and education as well as their knowledge of families and communities in and around Chicago.
Looking to go beyond local opportunities? The Department organizes annual educational trips to areas in Italy, Peru or China. Find out where we’re going next by getting in touch with the program chair.