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What courses do you need to become a social worker?

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What education is required to become a social worker?
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If you are a social worker, what types of classes did you take to prepare you?

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Angela’s Answer

Major is social work, sociology, psychology, counseling, or human services. Begin volunteering or getting some hands on experience working with populations or areas that interest you (i.e. older adults, young children, adults with addiction, juvenile justice, etc.) Talk with those you interact with who are working in the field and ask them about their work, education, career choice, etc.

Having both sides, education & hands-on experience, will be a good way to direct and guide your education so you can work with your college counselor or major advisor to pursue your education and career interest.

Hope this helps,


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Danielle’s Answer

I suggest that they:

Major in education, psychology, or sociology.

Take classes they enjoy and find interesting in those programs.

Start early and prepare themselves to get a masters in social work or counseling.

Do lots of volunteer work while in school to make sure it's what they want.