Social Work - We make a difference.

Do you enjoy working in a variety of settings with individuals, families, groups or communities? Are you a good problem solver? Then you should consider a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lamar University.

Social work is an action-oriented profession that helps individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities identify and develop strengths and resources to address personal, social and societal problems.  Social workers make a fundamental difference.

Social Work Degree

The Bachelor of Social Work Program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the state licensing examination administered by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Social Work Accreditation

We are an accredited program which entitles our Bachelor of Social Work graduates to apply for advanced standing in graduate school and for licensure after graduation.
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Employment Opportunities

social worker with family

Our degree program will prepare you for professional practice in a number of social work fields, including:

  • Hospitals, hospice, and other medical facilities
  • Military and veteran agencies
  • Human service agencies
  • Mental health facilities
  • Government and policy
  • Private practice
  • Child welfare
  • Schools
  • Women's shelters

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of social workers is projected to grow 13 percent through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Median annual wages for social workers in 2020 were as follows:

Type Salary
Social workers, all other $64,210
Healthcare social workers 57,630
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 48,720
Child, family, and school social workers 48,430