According to the Pew Research Center, a record 37 million Hispanics ages 5 and older speak Spanish at home, up from 25 million in 2000. Social workers who want to connect with their clients need to be fluent in Spanish (2/18/2017).
While developing the language skills needed, Immaculata’s degree in Spanish-social work provides you with the core competencies of human behavior and development, interaction, socialization, research and counseling that are inherent in the field of social work. The program prepares students for entry-level, professional, social work practice and for graduate school in social work and the social justices.
Students learn to practice as professional social workers assisting individuals, families, groups and communities as we combine classroom learning with field education. To gain this real-world experience, students complete a supervised internship that prepares them for positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work.
Where Can I Work
With the added advantage of being fluent in Spanish, students are prepared for service positions in a wide variety of practices, such as caseworker, healthcare, mental health and family services. Many students continue to pursue a graduate degree in social work, criminal justice, forensics, law and clinical social work for private practice. Also many work as a practitioner for non-profit agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health clinics, schools or businesses.