Students in class

You have a heart for people,  especially people in need. You’re a listener, a problem solver, a person others can count on. You feel the need to act when you see economic or social injustice. If this is you, consider a career in social work.

CSWE accreditation

Northwestern’s social work department is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). That gives you an advantage if you want an M.S.W. degree because you won’t have to repeat in graduate school the classes you took as an undergrad.  Explore programs


You’ll get plenty of personal attention from Northwestern’s social work professors, who have extensive experience as social workers in settings like group homes, domestic violence programs, governmental and nonprofit agencies, and therapy and counseling centers.  Explore faculty

Real-world experience

Before you start your career, your social work professors will make sure you’re ready. Social work majors are required to shadow licensed social workers and complete a senior-year practicum near campus or elsewhere in the U.S.  Explore practicums

Stephanie Riveros Munoz

Source of support

A future social worker, Stephanie hopes to serve her neighbors as they navigate difficult circumstances.

Stephanie's story

Maya Hall

Liaison on the Hill

Her political science studies at Northwestern prepared Maya to serve in the highest offices of national government.

Maya's story

Madison Wingert

Heart for others

In her work as a medical social worker, Madison strives to show compassion and acceptance to every patient she encounters.

Madison's story

Keaton Hettver

Holistic healing

Keaton seeks to meet clients’ holistic needs during psychotherapy sessions, providing comfort and healing to individuals struggling with drug and alcohol use.

Keaton's story