Social Work

Social Work is a mental health profession that exists to assist other people through life’s most difficult challenges. Social workers help individuals, groups, and communities to function successfully in the social arena, dealing with obstacles ranging from poverty and domestic abuse to disability and mental illness.  Social work is not for everyone: social workers must be compassionate and sensitive to others’ problems, responsible and committed to helping those in need, and well educated in the diverse fields that fall under the social work umbrella.  Social work can be highly challenging, but is also very rewarding career path. Because of the great diversity of social work, a social worker’s duties are not set in stone.  While some work the traditional 40-hour week in an office environment, others travel to rural communities, meet with clients and service providers, attend or hold meetings, or handle emergency situations.

Career & Employment Outlook

Social workers held about 642,000 jobs, in 2008. About 54 percent jobs were in healthcare and social assistance industries, and 31 percent were employed by government agencies. Employment of social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent during the 2008–18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The growing elderly population and the aging baby boom generation will create greater demand for health and social services, resulting in rapid job growth among gerontological social workers. Employment of social workers in private social service agencies also will increase.

Possible Careers

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  • Addiction Counselor
  • Labor Relations
  • Supervisory Position
  • Marriage & Family Counselor
  • Community Relations Officer
  • Mental Health Therapy
  • Disaster Relief
  • Eating Disorder Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Addiction/Prevention/Treatment
  • Criminology
  • Domestic Violence
  • Hospital Social Worker
  • Employment Services
  • School Social Worker
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Family Social Worker
  • Youth Social Worker
  • Caseworker
  • Industrial Relations
  • Youth Counselor

Course Schedule

Iowa Central's Social Work Curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong background in the methodologies, theories, and fundamental concepts of Social Work and related social sciences. Students interested in majoring in Social Work can complete their first two years of coursework at Iowa Central and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years. The following is a suggested plan of study for students majoring in Social Work.

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
LIT-114 American Literature
3.0
SOC-115 Social Problems
3.0
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
3.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HSV-220 Intro to Counseling
3.0
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
3.0
POL-111 American National Government
3.0
BIO-102 Introduction to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Introduction to Biology Lab
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HUM-113 Exploring the Humanities
3.0
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
3.0
ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
3.0
SOC-120 Marriage & Family
3.0
PSY-251 Social Psychology
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 63.0

Instructors

Jennifer Shivers (Advisor)
515-574-1250
shivers@iowacentral.edu
Joshua Howell (Associate)
515-574-1250
howell@iowacentral.edu
Jennifer Condon (Dean)
515-574-1190
condon@iowacentral.edu