Social Work

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

Quick Facts

2010 Median Pay

$42,480 per year

Entry-Level EducationSee How to Become One
Work Experience in a Related OccupationNone
On-the-job TrainingNone
Numbers of Jobs, 2010650,500
Job Outlook, 2010-20(25%) Faster than average
Employment Change, 2010-20161,200

*From Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.

201-A Waters

Monday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


 Updates from the Department

Dear Social Work Majors:

Advisors are assigned based on first letter of your last name as follows:

A-CJacque GibbonsWA
D-GKim MorganWA
H-KDon KurtzWA 209

L-RJanice DinkelWA
S-ZLorenza LockettWA

It is most often best to email your advisor for an appointment before stopping in, although "drop ins" are welcome too.

Janice Dinkel, MSW, LSCSW
Associate Professor of Social Work
Kansas State University
204 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506
(785) 532-4980

Volunteer Opportunity for the Fall-Sunflower CASA Project

Volunteer to be the difference between abuse and hope - become a Court-Appointed Special Advocate. Court-Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers who give their time to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. Since January 2009, approximately eighty child in need of care cases have been filed in Riley, Clay and Pottawatomie counties. This means that we need your help now more than ever! There is more information on our website, please contact Sunflower CASA for specific dates at 785-537-6367 or at www.sunflowercasa.orgThere is a child waiting for your voice.


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!