Department of Sociology & Social Work
What is Social Work?
What is Sociology?
What is Criminal Justice?
What is Gerontology?
SOCIAL WORK is the profession dedicated to enhancing human well-being and promoting social and economic justice. Social workers are focused on challenging oppression, alleviating poverty, and empowering vulnerable populations.
The Manchester University Social Work Program is a baccalaureate degree program fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, preparing students for professional generalist practice and graduate school.
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SOCIOLOGY is the study of social life. At the interpersonal level, sociology studies the causes and consequences of such things as identity, romantic love, and deviance. At the societal level, it examines and explains such things as poverty, crime, and racism.
At the global level, it studies such things as immigration, modernization, and war.
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CRIMINAL JUSTICE examines the origins of criminal behavior, the consequences of crime for society and the
legal responses societies develop to combat crime.
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GERONTOLOGY is the study of the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging.
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Barb J. Burdge, MSW
Associate Professor of
Chair, Dept. of Sociology & Social Work
Social Work Program Director
Field Instruction Coordinator
The Dept. of Sociology and Social Work is located on the 2nd floor of the Academic Center.