Many universities offer degree programs that focus specifically on the discipline of social work. However, you could reasonably find work in the social service field with at least a bachelor's degree from a university's liberal arts college. We look here at those courses that are essential to this kind of work.
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The U.S. Department of Labor recommends a bachelor's degree that focuses specifically on social work (BSW) to enhance your chances of finding work in the field. A master's degree increases this likelihood.
Psychology and Counseling
Social work is a people-oriented vocation. Psychology and counselling studies can help you interact more effectively both with individual clients and groups.
Sociology courses focus on the bigger picture of those demographic dynamics that lead people to situations that require the assistance of helping agencies.
Courses that focus on the nurture and development of children are helpful.
Even entry-level workers in programs such as food-stamp allocation must do some basic mathematical calculations. Some workers need to have algebra and statistics skills.
Since many social workers are employed in government agencies, public administration courses can be helpful especially if you aspire to supervisory positions in the field.
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