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Department of Social Work and Sociology

Social work is a profession which assists clients in improving social, psychosocial, or biopsychosocial functioning. Sociology is a social science that focuses on the study of social behavior and society.

In our social work program, you will learn the skills and values needed to engage in competent and ethical social work practice. In our sociology program, you will gain real-world knowledge and skills that will prepare you for a wide variety of career fields.


Best Online Degree Programs 2023

Our B.S.W. and M.S.W. degrees have been ranked in the Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work and Best Online Master’s in Social Work for 2023 by


Our B.S.W. and M.S.W. degrees are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

GADE - Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, Est 1977

Our D.S.W. in Clinical Social Work degree is a MEMBER of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE).

Both social work and sociology careers offer you the opportunity to improve lives. Your ASU degree is your ticket to join a dynamic group of professionals who work to restore or enhance the social, psychosocial or bio-psychosocial functioning of individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations or communities in a variety of settings.

Around the Department

Take a look at some other aspects of our department that make ASU an outstanding place to pursue your degree in social work or sociology.

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Social Work Field Education

Gain valuable experience and develop your professional network before you graduate. Social work interns take on a case load and work with real clients.

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Ram Ready Social Work Program

Earn your degree in social work right where you are! Our partnership with San Antonio College (SAC) is designed to help you achieve your educational goals. You’ll have the opportunity to take upper-level social work courses face-to-face on the SAC campus taught by ASU faculty. You also have the option of completing your ASU bachelor’s degree 100% online.

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Student Organizations

Join our Student Social Work Association, the Phi Alpha social work honor society, our Student Sociological Association, and/or the Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society. They provide opportunities for professional development, networking, philanthropy and social events as you really get to know your fellow students and professors.

Social work students in Amsterdam.

Study Abroad

Participate in our annual summer study abroad program where you’ll travel across Europe. Visit partner universities in the Netherlands, meet with professionals in the Czech Republic, and work with the Ronald McDonald Foundation in Bucharest, Romania.