Learn a helping profession through Sociology and Social Work at UW-Stevens Point
You’re interested in social work and sociology because you want to make a difference in the world. Let the Department of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point show you how your career could one day make life better for other people.
Our department aims to prepare students:
- to understand how people, groups and institutions interact within and between societies;
- for professional fields and graduate study in sociology and social work;
- for effective and responsible participation in society.
Here are the programs Department of Sociology and Social Work students pursue.
The department offers majors in
sociology with concentration in applied sociology,
sociology with concentration in adult life and aging, and
social work. Entry-level positions for bachelor's degree majors are common in the public sector and can involve case work, program planning, development and evaluation, agency-based or outreach services, survey research and statistical analysis.
The UW-Stevens Point
social work program is accredited with the Council on Social Work Education. As a helping profession, social work involves working with people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations and across many practice settings.
Students interested in the social work major can find more information about the
online application process and the application form. Contact the department if you have any questions at 715-346-3060 or
Our social work program is also on Facebook!
Criminal Justice, Gerontology, Native American Studies and Social Sciences
Minors are available in criminal justice,
small-city analysis, Native American studies and
social science in health. Emphases are offered in
deviance and social control,
family and socialization, and
community and environment. Available areas of concentration include adult life and aging, and applied sociology. Students can gain hands-on experience through an internship program, working under the supervision of social-service professionals in a variety of agencies and organizations.
The department also houses two research centers: the
Community Research Center, which give students the opportunity to conduct applied social science research for local community agencies and groups; and the
Center for the Small City, which administers an interdisciplinary minor in small-city analysis and directs students majoring in disciplines such as political science, public administration and policy analysis, sociology, geography, economics and natural resources.
Professor Tori Jennings has been selected as a recipient of the University Leadership Mentor Award!
Professor Dorothy De Boer has received the 2017 University Service Award!
Professor Helena Alden On Success of U.S. Women at Summer Olympics
Virginia Kemp Fish, professor emerita of sociology
and anthropology, passed away on April 5, 2017, in Stevens Point. She was a
member of the sociology/anthropology faculty from 1967 until her retirement in
specialty courses in political sociology, the sociology of gender roles and the
sociology of deviance, and was one of the founders of the women’s studies
program at UW-Stevens Point. She received the department’s outstanding teacher
of the year award, as well as five other annual citations as the unit’s
outstanding scholar. She was also involved in professional organizations and
was one of 15 scholars selected nationwide to participate in a two-month
Research Institute on Women’s Public Lives at the University of Kansas.