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Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Social Work

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Is a career in Social Work for you? Social workers help people deal with their relationships with others; solve their personal, family, and community problems; and grow and develop by learning to cope with or shape the social and environmental forces affecting daily life.

Social work is a profession for those with a spark of idealism, a belief in social justice, and a natural love of working with people. Social work offers the chance to work with and for people of all kinds: rich or poor, white or black, young or old, in hospitals, at home, or at work. For more information about "What is Social Work," our Student Handbook or our accreditation just follow the links.

If you have any questions about our program or how to apply please feel free to contact our Program Coordinator, Janice Dinkel, at 785-532-4980 or dinkel@ksu.edu

Quick Facts

2012 Median Pay

$44, 280 per year
$21.25 Per Hour

Entry-Level EducationSee How to Become One
Work Experience in a Related OccupationNone
On-the-job TrainingNone
Numbers of Jobs, 2012607,300
Job Outlook, 2012-22(19%) Faster than average
Employment Change, 2012-22114,100

*From Bureau of Labor Statistics

Social Work Advising

All Social Work students will henceforth be advised by Jana Thompson. 

Jana Thompson
Social Work Advisor
Kansas State University
204 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506
(785) 532-6865


 Attention Social Work Students!

Do you need a writing tutor? Would you simply like a second set of eyes to view your paper before you submit it? Come with something to work on. Feel free to bring a past assignment or a writing sample. During the following allotted times, senior social work students will be available to offer input for professional writing. No appointments necessary.                        

K-State's social work program celebrates 42 years of accreditation, retirement of Jacque Gibbons


The K-State social work program celebrated 42 years of continuous accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education, or CSWE.

Faculty, friends and alumni from across the nation gathered in the K-State Student Union's Ballroom on April 2 to celebrate the social work program at K-State and honor Jacque Gibbons, associate professor, who will retire in May. Gibbons was honored for 34 years of teaching at K-State and providing many years of social work services to the citizens of Kansas.

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Check out the 2017 Social Work newsletter!

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Join our Facebook Group

Interested in Social Work? Click here to join the K-State Social Work Group on Facebook. If you're a current or former student, invite your classmates and re-connect. Update everyone on what you're doing, where you're working, and who's hiring for full or part-time positions. If your a future student, post questions about classes, volunteering and potential jobs to the current and former students. They'd be glad to help you out and get you moving in the right direction!