UIUC School of Social Work
|Location||Urbana, IL, USA|
|Affiliations||University of Illinois|
The School of Social Work is a school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which exclusively focuses on social work education. The school was originally a graduate school, but began an undergraduate program in Fall 2010.
In the late 1930s, the Public Welfare department of the state of Illinois proposed that the University of Illinois develop a program for training in social administration, similar to the programs developed at schools such as the University of Wisconsin, the University of Iowa, and Northwestern University. But by 1941, a portion of the Illinois program (along with other schools’ programs) had to be discontinued due to the strain of the war on the University and its students.
The University then hired a consultant from the American Association of the Schools of Social Work to examine the possibility of creating a social work school. The Association suggested that for a school of social work to be successful, a full-time director, trained in the field of social work, was needed.Marietta Stevenson, with a PhD in political science and experience working for the American Public Welfare Association, arrived in 1943 to head the University’s new social work division. Stevenson eventually renamed the program the School of Social Work, and dedicated herself to building cooperative relationships with social work agencies in order to provide fieldwork placement for students. She even held classes at Chicago’s Navy Pier so students could work in field placements in the city’s more urban setting.
The School of Social Work houses one building, located on Nevada Street in Urbana. Until 2009, the building used to be housed on Oregon Street. The current location is located three blocks east of the Main Quadrangle, and a block east of Busey-Evans Residence Halls.
As of 2016, the master's program has been ranked #16 nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
Any student pursuing their MSW can choose from five different concentrations.
- Leadership and Social Change
- Children, Youth, and Family Services
- Health Care
- Mental Health
- School Social Work.
Leadership and Social Change
Children, Youth, and Family Services
School Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work
- 50 hours of volunteer or paid work in a social service agency.
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
- Show evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Show personal attributes that are suitable for the social work profession.
- Complete the application for the professional program entry.
Master of Social Work
- "Greetings from the Dean". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- "Faculty & Staff Directory". Retrieved 2015-08-14.
- "On-Campus Student Enrollment". Retrieved 2016-03-12.
- "History". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- "2008-2009 Programs of Study". Retrieved 2016-03-12.
- "Health School Rankingss". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- "Concentrations". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- "BSW Degree Requirements". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- "Master of Social Work". Retrieved 2016-03-13.