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Department of Social Work
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Albertson Hall 103
Phone: 785-628-4755
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The Department of Social Work

Social workers help people from all walks of life with all kinds of problems in all kinds of settings. They use their deep understanding of human development and behavior, as well as how people interact with social, economic and cultural institutions, along with specialized skills, to help individuals, families, or communities in need.

“Social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness. They help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.” – National Association of Social Workers

Social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States, and the demand for trained social workers increases every year. A social work degree from FHSU will prepare you for a rewarding career helping those who need it most. 

Academic Programs in Social Work

Graduate School (Blended, online and on campus)

Social Work at FHSU: Forward thinking. World ready.

When you study social work at FHSU, you’ll develop skills and knowledge that will enable you to help others. Additionally, because you’ll gain such a deep understanding of people and the systems in which they live (social, economic, cultural, etc.), you’ll not only be prepared for a rewarding, in demand career, but your life will also be enriched, knowing that you’re helping the most vulnerable people.

We offer a practice-oriented, traditional undergraduate degree, at our Hays campus and through our cohort programs in Garden City and Dodge City. We also offer the opportunity for students to earn a graduate degree that is a blended, on-campus and online program (in partnership with the University of Kansas). You’ll study with expert faculty who incorporate their experiences and active research agendas into the classroom, letting you experience how social work knowledge applies to real world challenges.

We have significant resources for students, including student organizations and research support. You’ll have enriching hands-on experiences through clinical, service and internship opportunities, giving you a leg up on the competition upon graduation, and preparing you to take on a variety of rewarding careers.

If you’re interested in learning more about Social Work programs, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Student Spotlight

Nancy Guzman, Garden City junior, graduating in May 2018
Nancy Guzman

"I am from Encarnacion de Diaz, Jalisco, Mexico. My parents brought me to Garden City, KS when I was about 3 years old.   I chose the social work program because I love to help people.  My parents taught me to respect people and to be grateful for what I had. I know how much my parents struggled when they moved here from Mexico. They learned to adapt to the culture here and had trouble raising us kids because it is a different culture. I hope to help families that are immigrating here and are having trouble adjust to the American culture.

I love to help people because of how good I have been treated in Garden City, KS.  Helping people comes natural to me, and I want to learn how to help people in so many ways. I would mostly like to advocate for children and the elderly because they are the most vulnerable.  We have many refugees coming to Garden City and I think it would be so awesome to help them and give back to my community.

I love the social work program, because it teaches you different things that you can apply to in any job or just life itself. I love learning about cultures and social welfare. I love Fort Hays State University because it is so flexible!  I love how we have face-to face classes here in Garden City and it is awesome that I can work on my bachelors’ degree from home.

When I’m not going to classes or working, I love spending time with my family.  I love animals and enjoy volunteering for my church.  I have worked with children and they have taught me to have more patience and to love unconditionally.  I’ve also worked with elderly as a certified nurse assistant.  I simply enjoy helping the elderly because I didn’t grow up with my grandparents close and have learned to respect life from being so close to death.

I hope to become the best social worker I can be and give back to my community!"

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