Coursework is supplemented with field srudy, a vital part of every social work student's education. Through an extensive field practicum program, students are placed with area social service agencies where classroom learning can be applied and enhanced.

The blend of theory and practice prepares students for careers in the fields of health; mental health; mental retardation; family services; public welfare; aging; alcohol and drug abuse; community organization, action and development; and human relations. The social work program at The University of Akron is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Social work professionals are concerned with enhancing and restoring human social and emotional conditions and providing services to meet the social needs of humankind. They work in countless settings and at every organizational level. The School of Social Work at The University of Akron offers a curriculum that prepares students for beginning and professional social work practice.

Effective analytical and intervention skills are taught, as are administrative. organizational, and human relations skills. The diversity of the preparation reflects how broadly based the social work field has become.

Part of the program's focus is on empowerment for families, individuals. and communities. Students are taught how to organize communities more effectively. They Iearn about economics, politics, and the ways in which people can be better connnected with social systems.