Outer WrapperAbout The Program College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Social Work Request InformationSchedule a Visit Apply Now As a social worker, you’ll support children and families, advocating for fair treatment and assuring their needs are met. While pre-social work is not a major itself, we’ll match you with a degree and the necessary coursework required to prepare you for admission into a social work program. Wondering if this program is for you? This program will be a good fit if you: Are compassionate Enjoy working with individuals and groups Are open to life experiences Are a good listener Careers With a social work degree, you could also work as a: Healthcare social worker Youth worker Nurse Non-profit staff member Internships At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more! Scholarships The NSU WolfPACT is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Click here to learn about other scholarship opportunities! Courses Course Requirements Sample Four-Year Course Plan Suggested Majors and Minors Students in our social work program often major in: Sociology Criminal Justice Communication Studies And they often minor in: Social Work Sociology Criminal Justice English Communication Studies Study Abroad Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality. Learn more! Undergraduate Research At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts - while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit. Learn more! Contact Information Ready to take the next step? Contact us today: Pre-Social Work Academic Advisor: Jani Kovach, at 605-626-2267 or email@example.com Pre-Social Work Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kristi Brownfield, 605-626-7797 or firstname.lastname@example.org Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or email@example.com! Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Find Similar Programs Pre-Law As a lawyer, you’ll be an advocate for your clients, using the rule of law to see that justice prevails in every case. 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Learn More Pre-Journalism As a journalist, you’ll deliver vital information to the public using multiple channels - but always with clarity and integrity. Learn More Pre-Engineering Our new program allows you to complete your first two years at NSU and then transfer to SDSU - with guaranteed admission! Learn More Previous Next Our Faculty Kristi Brownfield Department College of Arts and Sciences History and Social Sciences Programs Pre-Law Pre-Social Work Sociology Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Dr. Brownfield joined the NSU faculty in 2015. Her current research looks at deviance and “bad behavior” in online forums devoted to support networks. She recently has published articles on depictions of prisons in film and rural policing on television. Research Interests/Areas of Expertise Popular culture New media research methods Online phenomena Race/class/gender Social psychology, identity, narrative, and deviance Jani Kovach Department Art College of Arts and Sciences History and Social Sciences Music School of Fine Arts Theater Programs Art (Fine) Art (Graphic Design) Art Education Criminal Justice Criminal Justice (online) Digital Media (AS) Digital Media (BFA) General Studies Government History History Education Music Music Education Music Education Master (Online) Musical Theatre Pre-Law Pre-Social Work Sociology Studio Art Ms. Kovach joined NSU in 2018 as a professional academic advisor. She has worked in various areas within higher education since 2006, and found her greatest bliss helping students find their academic niche and succeed. Ms. Kovach earned a B.A. in forensic and biological anthropology and an M.S. in leadership for higher education. She has presented her research on peer mentorship, student retention, and first-year initiatives at the international ACPA conference, and has served in leadership roles within a number of professional organizations.