Social Work is expected to grow faster than the average for occupations through 2020, increasing as much as 25 percent.* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 edition.

Social Work logo 2014The Department of Social Work at Governors State University instills a unique and empowering philosophy in its students.

Our programs — the Bachelor and Master of Social Work — are dedicated to the idea that social justice and human rights go hand-in-hand. Our curriculum is dedicated to the idea that the citizens of our communities — those who are vulnerable and marginalized —deserve the care and dignity they need to live full and fulfilling lives.

Our mandate is to work with communities to fight the dehumanizing effects of poverty. Our goal is to eliminate oppression of every kind — the recognized and unrecognized, institutional and social.

By choosing to study Social Work at GSU, you've shown that you are ready to take an active role in changing your community; you’re ready to advocate for children and families; you believe that social work should be grounded in an uncompromising social justice ethic. You've come to the right place!


The College's Master and Bachelor of Social Work degree programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).