If you're looking for career training in the very broad field of social services, you should consider the profession of social work. Social workers serve individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, and they practice in a large number of settings: clinics, hospitals, mental health agencies, schools, prisons, youth centers, nursing homes, etc.
We offer small size classes taught by faculty members who possess a great amount of practical experience. We provide one-on-one attention, and assign a faculty advisor who will meet with you on a regularly scheduled basis to discuss topics such as course selection, practicum placements, and career planning. The bachelor degree program (BSW) and masters degree program (MSW) are nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and our graduates consistently have success in acquiring rewarding jobs in local, regional, and national social service agencies.
To view the most recent Department of Social Work class offerings, see the Washburn University online course schedules:
Jaylyn Beaty, LMSW, is a 2011 graduate of our BSW program. She went on to earn her MSW degree at NYU, and has returned to Topeka where she uses her social work skills in the Topeka-Shawnee County CIT Program with the Topeka Police Department and Valeo Behavioral Health Care. Commenting on her time at Washburn, Jaylyn said "Throughout my experience in the BSW program, I was given a great education that included dedicated professors who were always available to answer questions. The BSW program set me up with an internship that opened up many career opportunities for me. I felt that the program was very individualized for me and my needs."