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Social Services

The field of Social Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations.

The Social Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.

The best preparation for Social Services graduate school is exactly the type of education Monmouth College provides. Social Services schools want students to be critical thinkers, excellent writers and engaged citizens. This means a broad education, when accompanied by depth of meaningful education in the liberal arts, is exactly the type of education that best provides a strong foundation for future success. It also means that nearly any major at Monmouth will help a graduate accumulate the skills that will lead to a successful venture in Social Services. However, most students major in Sociology/Anthropology or Psychology depending on their career choice. Students should be aware of rapidly increasing opportunities for those who combine a major program with a working knowledge of Spanish.

Equipment & Facilities

The Psychology Department has well-equipped laboratory facilities housed with other departments in our new Center for Science and Business building. This building opened in the Fall of 2013 and promotes interaction among what have been traditionally independent departments. The department has behavioral research and observation rooms along with an animal research facility.

The Sociology and Anthropology Department is housed in Wallace Hall. The college's centerpiece facility also houses the offices of the president and academic dean, general classrooms, grants office, the Trotter Computerized Classroom, a multimedia production lab, and faculty offices for history, government, classics, education and communication.

Majors and Programs

Students majoring in Psychology will learn to understand the biological, developmental, and social determinants of human and animal behavior. The program provides the tools necessary to succeed by providing intellectual and practical engagement through internships, participation in conferences, travel, and research opportunities.

Sociology and Anthropology offer students the opportunity to examine the social and cultural dimensions of the contemporary world. These closely-related disciplines address a variety of intellectual as well as policy-related topics and concerns such as the dynamics of interpersonal relations; social organization across cultures; the family, politics, criminal behavior, and the justice system; the nature of the state; social institutions (such as: education and medicine); the structure of social and global inequality; and much more.

The Human Services Concentration within the Sociology-Anthropology major combines broad study in the Sociology-Anthropology major and a fair amount of Psychology with a curricular focus on social problems and social policy for students planning careers in human and helping services. Students will learn, through both intellectual engagement and field experience, to understand and effectively interact with individuals, communities, and public and private agencies confronting social challenges such as poverty, displacement, discrimination, crime, disability, interpersonal violence, and substance abuse.

Practical Experience

Students unite self-discovery with the development of analytical problem-solving skills. We assist interested students in finding local internships. Below are a few examples:

  • The Center for Youth and Family Solutions
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
  • Safe Harbor
  • Rainbow Riders
  • Warren Achievement Center

Students also have senior research projects and here are a few of the titles:

  • “The Socialization of Elderly and the Extension of Life”
  • “Four-Legged Healers: The Role of Service Animals in Society and the Resulting Relationships Shared”
  • “Soldier to Civilian: Effects of War on Personal Life”
  • “The Gang Experience: An Analysis of Chicago Youth Gangs”

Graduate Schools

All the top ranked Social Services graduate schools such as the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Washington University in St Louis and University of Chicago are looking for students whose undergraduate records reflect a liberal arts perspective. Most schools require students to have taken classes in the Humanities, Physical and Biological Science and Social Sciences. A common post-grad path is a Masters in Counseling or a MSW (Masters in Social Work).

Career Opportunities

  • Case Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Residential Counselor
  • Behavioral Management Aid
  • Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Adult Day Care Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Child Advocate
  • Mental Health Aide

Recent Social Services Graduates

Kristy Plate ’08
Child Youth Care Worker
Grandfather Homes

Ryan Kellogg ’10
Recovery Specialist
Human Service Center

Melissa Breier ’08
Intake Specialist
Insight Psychological Centers