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Social Welfare

Are you passionate about social justice? Do you enjoy working with people? Whether you’re interested in working with individuals, families, groups or communities, pursing a social welfare major will equip you with the skills needed to work for social change. You’ll be prepared to act in systems at all levels to help bring about peace, justice and social transformation.

Why study social welfare at Gordon?

Gordon's social welfare program is committed to the value and dignity of every person and to the alleviation of poverty and oppression. Investigating social practice in the context of the Christian liberal arts will help you think about individuals and society holistically. During your senior practicum, you’ll put theory into hands-on practice by interning at a social service organization in the greater Boston area.

What careers can I pursue with a social welfare major?

Social welfare graduates are prepared for accredited MSW programs and enter a variety of careers, including in the following areas:

  • Adoption / foster care
  • Anti-poverty programs
  • Child welfare
  • Community organizing and development
  • Court appointed services, such as probation and juvenile justice work
  • Disability advocacy and services
  • Elder care
  • Hospital social work
  • Mental health
  • Public / government sector 
  • Refugee resettlement 
  • School social work
  • Sustainable development 

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Amnoni Myers

Amnoni Myers ’14

Young Adult Consultant, U.S. Children’s Bureau

“Gordon has been an integral part. The lessons I learned—not only through the academics, but also through the social scene—were key. Gordon was my building place. I was able to grow not only in my faith, but I grew intellectually, socially and emotionally. It’s been a safe haven for me.”
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As a social welfare student, you can be a part of clubs on campus like the Alzheimer's Buddies, International Justice Mission chapter, Social Justice Initiative, Dialogue Club, and the Social Work Student Advisory Commission.

Global Opportunities

Expand your perspective and increase your ability to offer cross-cultural care, by studying abroad:


For more information, contact:

Kaye Cook, Ph.D.
Department Chair

P 978 867 4402

Sybil Coleman, M.S.W.
Social Work Program Director

P 978 867 4734

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