Academic offerings: Many social workers become community organizers. The School of Social Work offers courses that include content on leadership and service, the metropolitan environment, social policy, advocacy work with organizations and communities, community development, and working with individuals, groups, and families.
Experiential learning: Social work students complete a two-semester senior field practicum (internship), which can be done in agencies doing community organization. In addition, the Introduction to Social Work course requires a 30-hour service-learning project, which can be done with community organizers. Students also can participate in international courses in Ghana and Mexico that include a service learning component that can be related to community organizing.
Employment opportunities: A graduate from the School of Social Work may work as a community organizer, an economic development director, an elected or appointed official, labor organizer, legislative worker or lobbyist, Peace Corps volunteer, settlement- worker, or volunteer coordinator.