Social Work is a profession that promotes social change, social cohesion, and the empowerment of individuals, families, groups and communities toward enhancing their individual and collective well-being. Social workers care about individuals and their personal problems but also with broader social issues such as discrimination, racism, poverty, unemployment, and violence. The School of Social Work began as a small undergraduate program in 1974 and since then it has grown to include the dual-degree program with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1990, the Master of Social Work Program which was launched in 2001, and in 2006 the development of four satellite sites across the state of Maryland. In 2013 the School of Social Work joined forces with a sister institution, the University of Maryland University College, to provide degrees to active and retired military members, and their dependents based in Europe. Most recently the School of Social Work established an on line MSW program to serve students in a five state region.
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