Agents of Change
Social workers are on the front lines of many of society’s most pressing issues, including mental illness, poverty, and homelessness. A bachelor of arts degree in social work from Concordia University-Portland is ideal for becoming a a social worker – someone who enhances human wellbeing with particular attention to the needs of vulnerable people and communities. It’s also the first step toward becoming a clinical social worker – someone who diagnoses and treats mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Here, you learn the latest evidence-based tools and techniques – the exact skills employers are seeking – preparing you for the challenging and rewarding field of social work.
Concordia students learn the tools of the trade, then apply those skills to work with a full spectrum of individuals, families, and communities. That could mean assisting a couple adopting a baby, finding foster care for an at-risk teen, working with a community to reduce gang violence, or helping a family struggling with terminal illness.
- Small classes allow for maximum interaction and networking opportunities
- Concordia’s social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, allowing those who continue on to graduate school to reduce class time by a full year
- Senior year internships at local social service agencies give students true on-the-job experience
“Concordia's social work program prepared me to effectively advocate for others. The faculty helped me find an individualized practicum in my strongest area of interest and ultimately equipped me for grad school.” – Sandi McQueen ’10