University of Michigan School of Social Work
University of Michigan School of Social Work Building
|Institute of Public and Social Administration|
|Location||Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States|
|Colors||Maize & Blue|
The University of Michigan School of Social Work is a professional school within the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It prepares students for careers working in accordance with the values and ethics outlined by the National Association of Social Workers in a variety of sectors and contexts.
A formal Curriculum in Social Work was first offered by the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, in 1921. In 1936, the first Master of Social Work (MSW) degree was offered by the Institute of Public and Social Administration (later to become the Institute of Social Work in 1946). From 1936 to 1951, a total of 348 MSW degrees were granted.
In 1951, the School of Social Work was established to offer a professional educational program on the graduate level leading to advanced degrees, and the program moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor, with Fedele F. Fauri acting as Dean until 1970. The School was first located in a small house on Washington and Thayer, before moving into the Frieze Building where it remained until 1998 when the school moved to a new dedicated building on the corner of South and East University.
During the School of Social Work’s first year, 91 full-time and 96 part-time students were enrolled. Today the School averages around 650 enrolled MSW students and 80 enrolled doctoral students. In 1957, the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science was created.
In the past 15 years, the School has ranked either the #1 or #2 school of social work by U.S. News & World Report and ranked in the top three schools of social work for the past 30 years.
Vision and mission
"The mission of the University of Michigan School of Social Work is to:
- Educate graduates for advanced social work practice and lifelong professional growth and development.
- Prepare graduates to serve society at the local, state, national and international levels.
- Promote social and economic justice and empower, and eliminate oppressive social conditions.
- Create and disseminate, through research and knowledge building, social innovations using interdisciplinary problem-solving efforts."
Masters of Social Work (MSW)
The U-M SSW offers a master of social work degree program that offers a variety of concentration options:
Areas of Study
- Interpersonal Practice (or clinical social work): counseling, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plans for individuals, families, and small groups
- Community Organization (or Community Practice): organize groups and communities for positive change
- Management of Human Services: lead and manage human service organizations
- Social Policy & Evaluation: develop, analyze, and evaluate social policies and programs
- Children & Youth in Families and Society: work with children, adolescents, and families
- Communities and Social Systems: influence laws, legislation, and policy
- Aging in Families and Society: comprehensive care for the aging population
- Mental Health: prevention and treatment of mental and behavioral health disorders
- Health: health promotion and disease prevention, education, treatment, and rehabilitation in public, primary, and long-term care settings
Joint Ph.D. Program: Ph.D. in Social Work & Social Science
Joint PhD’s can be in one of the following disciplines:
Undergraduate Minor—Community Action & Social Change
Undergraduates at U-M can enroll in the Community Action & Social Change (CASC) minor to gain skills, knowledge, and experiences that will prepare them to become effective agents of community action and social change.
Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center
The Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center serves as a research incubator, evaluation training, and research support services center at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. It provides support and resources for faculty, students, and other community and University partners whose research goals specifically seek to promote social change.
- "U-M School of Social Work: History". Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- Fellin, Phillip (2009). A History of the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan School of Social Work. ISBN 978-0-9823953-0-1.
- "US News & World Report Best Grad Schools Rankings: Social Work". Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- "Vision". University of Michigan School of Social Work. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- "MSW". University of Michigan School of Social Work. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
- "Joint PhD Program". University of Michigan School of Social Work. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- "SSW CASC Minor". University of Michigan School of Social Work. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- "Curtis Center". University of Michigan School of Social Work. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- University of Michigan School of Social Work
- University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor
- University of Michigan Department of Anthropology
- University of Michigan Department of Economics
- University of Michigan Department of Political Science
- University of Michigan Department of Psychology
- University of Michigan Department of Sociology
- Curtis Center
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Association of Social Workers -- Michigan Chapter
- US News & World Report Schools of Social Work Rankings