Why Study Social Work
Social work is a dynamic profession designed for people who want to help others and make the world a better place. Whether you plan to enter the field right away or use your undergraduate degree in social work as a springboard to other things, the social work program at Ship has
multiple paths to choose from.
Why Study Social Work at Ship
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Shippensburg University helps you develop social work knowledge, skills and values that build on the general education curriculum. The core curriculum begins in the classroom where role-playing and simulations prepare you for real-world experiences in your work in human
service agencies. Coursework builds toward an intensive field placement or internship. Our students integrate what they have learned in the classroom with practice and experience to prepare for entry-level careers in social work.
At Shippensburg University, you will enter the major at the pre-professional status level. Admission into the professional status level is limited to students who have displayed both the academic aptitude and the interpersonal qualities necessary for success in a
social work career immediately upon graduation. The application process to move into professional standing begins when the student is enrolled in SWK270 (Social Work Practice with Individuals). To learn more about the application process contact the department.
The Social Work and Gerontology Department offers personalized educational experiences to our students, as well as the dedication of an excellent faculty. You will experience small class sizes, an intimate learning environment, and multiple opportunities for collaboration
between your peers.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Employers in the region regularly recruit and hire our graduates because of our program’s excellent reputation. Graduates are highly likely to begin working in their chosen field immediately after graduation. According to
Bureau of Labor statistics, the employment rate for social workers “is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.” Social workers are employed in child welfare, health care settings, and programs for older citizens, behavioral health, corrections, schools,
business and industry, substance abuse, domestic violence, and intellectual and developmental disabilities, to name some of the many options available.
The salary range for social workers in PA is $27,000 - $45,000. Learn more about careers in social work at