School of Social Sciences

Community Oriented.

Through the post-graduation efforts of our alumni, Avila’s School of Social Sciences has established a reputation for excellence in the Kansas City region and beyond. Learn how a Social Work or Criminology & Social Justice degree from Avila will give you the opportunity to have a rewarding and satisfying job helping others improve their lives, their families, and their communities!  

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Department of Social Work

Students graduating with an Avila Social Work degree are immediately eligible to become licensed Social Work professionals who affect change in the feelings, attitudes and behaviors of a client, whether an individual, family, group, organization or community.

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Department of Criminology & Justice Studies

The Criminology & Justice Studies major at Avila University encompasses the scientific study of crime, the criminal justice system, crime prevention, offenders, and victims of crime. 

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Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Social Work


  • Criminology

“I have always been passionate about helping kids, which was what drove to the social work major. When I saw the Avila Social Work program, I knew it was perfect for me.”

Kori Witherspoon / ’15, BSW

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