October 1, 2012
Welcome to the Department of Social Work and Human Services
The Department is committed to being a leader in education, research and service to human service communities. The department currently serves over 400 students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, by offering a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services, a Master’s in Social Work, and two certificates that complement the curriculum and emphasis within these degree programs—Child Advocacy Studies Training and Nonprofit Management. The undergraduate degree prepares students as case managers or as nonprofit managers; the graduate degree prepares students for clinical social work roles, with specialization focus on children and families and behavioral health. The degree programs complement each other by preparing graduates to either enter the human service field as entry-level professionals or to enter graduate school and prepare for clinical practice. The MSW Program is the only one of its kind in the state of Georgia, in terms of preparing independent clinical practitioners. The College of Health and Human Services, the department and its faculty are committed to engaging students and preparing culturally competent entry-level human service practitioners and social work clinicians.
Our faculty employs state of the art teaching technology in a state of the arts building that meets LEED Gold standards. The department is committed to two key strategic initiatives of the university—community and global engagement. Pedagogy and praxis are signatures of our human service programs. The Human Service and the Social Work programs actively engage with the local community through several rich and diverse field internships, service learning projects, and also through services provided by our faculty members to human service organizations. The department’s faculty lead several study abroad initiatives to Uganda, Belgium, Germany, Thailand, and Malaysia, to name a few. Student clubs and organizations—to enhance their contribution to campus life—enthusiastically participate with several initiatives on campus, fostering students’ professional development.
A career in Human Services or in Social Work presents opportunities to make differences in the lives of individuals, families, groups and communities through direct service, through development of innovative public and nonprofit programs, and through clinical interventions. With over 250 field placement agencies, students spend over 450 hours in the undergraduate program and over 1000 hours in the graduate program, practicing the skills learned in classes, and also delivering valuable service to the human service community in the Northwest region of Georgia.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university, and one of the fastest growing, in Georgia. Its student population is represented by over 140 countries. It was established in 1963 as junior college and became a university in 1996. It’s an honor to welcome you to our dedicated and competent team of faculty and staff members whose motto is to be of service to students and to assist them in reaching their full potential.
Message from Professor Judith Slater, Human Service Program Coordinator
Message from Dr. Alan Kirk, Program Director, MSW Program