Social Work

The Social Work major at Avila

Avila’s social work program will prepare you for one of the fastest growing and important careers with a challenging, value-based curriculum and numerous professional development opportunities. Dedicated to forming social change agents in the global community, our social work majors graduate with a deep commitment to contributing to the well-being of others.

You’ll receive one-on-one instruction and mentorship from highly accomplished social work faculty thanks to Avila’s small class sizes. Senior social work majors conduct more than 500 hours of practice at a regional organization, mentored by a professional social worker, meaning you’ll have the practical and theoretical knowledge to excel in your career as a social worker.

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2020 SOCIAL WORK AWARD WINNERS. Clockwise from top left: Paige Rackers (Outstanding Social Work Student), Hayley Thagard (Dorothy Gallagher Award), Rita Howard (Field Instructor of the Year).
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Are you interested in Social Work?
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Be Prepared for Your Career

Incoming first-year students are guaranteed access to an internship or research experience before graduation. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Avila Social Work students have completed hands-on learning experiences at: 

  • Department of Children/Families – Kansas
  • Synergy Services
  • Benilde Hall
  • SAVE, Inc.
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Avila Social Work graduates are pursuing careers as:

  • Family Counselors
  • Elderly Caregivers
  • Social Workers
  • Correction Officers
Avila Social Work graduates choose to work at:
  • Eitas
  • The Whole Person
  • Kansas City, Kansas School District
  • KC Care

Transferring to Avila?

We work with you to make the most of your transfer credits so you’re on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.


An Environment to Enhance your Education

Hooley-Bunschu Learning Commons

This is not your mother’s library. State-of-the-art study rooms, public computers, tutoring services, and access to 50,000 on-campus volumes, plus millions of database articles await you.

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Guaranteed Internship Opportunities

All first-year undergraduate students are guaranteed an internship or research experience opportunity.

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Close to Everything Kansas City

At Avila, you’re only 15 minutes away from world-class museums, historical landmarks, professional sports venues, and centers of culture, commerce, and industry.

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Find Your Mentor

Avila’s faculty will challenge you, inspire you, and become more than just another teacher.

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“The mentors I met in the social work program, and across campus, challenged me to go outside my comfort zone.”

Paige Racker / ’20

Contact

Avila University Department of Social Work, O’Rielly Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-501-3661

Francis Origanti, Ph.D., Associate Professor
P: 816-501-3647 / E: francis.origanti@avila.edu


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