Lourdes University social work students are compassionate individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life of those they serve today and in their future careers. In recent years, social work majors have traveled to Ireland and created a non-profit group to help the townspeople of Tullycross, Ireland. They have also assisted in raising awareness and needed funds for child abuse prevention.
Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through 2021, the Lourdes social work program provides the knowledge, values and skills necessary for students to engage in generalist social work practice. As a social work major, you will learn how to view ethnic, sexual, racial identity and differing abilities from a culturally competent, strengths-based perspective. Quality field education requirements allow students to choose from a variety of sites including social service agencies, domestic relations court, hospitals and other health care organizations.
Through a vibrant liberal arts education based in the Franciscan tradition, graduates of the program are prepared to:
- Serve at-risk populations
- Engage in critical thinking
- Evaluate practice research and examine personal values and professional ethics
- Advocate for human rights and social justice
- Commit to professional growth and development
The Social Work group who traveled to Ireland, went to a beautiful district in the West of Ireland called Connemara.
Alumni Spotlight: Audrey Wildman
"As a foster kid, I understand the challenges many individuals face," offers Audrey Wildman. She recalls herself as being an ailing child who was often in the hospital. That is where she first became aware of social work personnel and the services they provide. Read Audrey's Story