What Can You Do With a Major in Social Welfare and Justice?

Social welfare and justice major careers and jobs

The major in social welfare and justice gives students the knowledge and experience to work with culturally diverse populations and understand how social justice issues affect various communities. Undergraduates with this degree pursue careers in social service, social policy analysis, mediation and intervention, and social justice advocacy or pursue graduate school. Through our unique internship program and service learning classes, you'll be able to get hands-on experience with local organizations and institutions, such as shelters, health advocacy programs, community centers, domestic abuse services and social service agencies — all experiences that will give you an edge once you're on the job market.

Jobs for social welfare and justice majors

What can you do with a major in social welfare and justice? Your understanding of social policy, the criminal justice system and strategies to promote justice will prepare you for careers (in many cases without a master's degree) in:

  • Victim/witness advocacy
  • Child welfare
  • Case management
  • Victim services
  • Immigration
  • Community corrections
  • Community organizing
  • Lobbying

Some graduates of our major in social welfare and justice also go on to graduate school, including at the following institutions:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Washington University