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Social Work

Pre-Professional Advising


Ripon offers pre-professional advising in social work. A liberal arts and sciences education is excellent preparation for a career in social work because it gives broad exposure to problems that people and societies face and that social workers typically encounter.

Students interested in social work may major in anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, politics and government, psychology or sociology, or may plan a self-designed major. Graduate work should be considered strongly because experience often is necessary to be accepted into master’s degree programs in social work.

Program Spotlight


Jacqueline Clark

Jacqueline Clark

Professor of Sociology

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Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Career Tracks

Graduates with a degree in social work typically work with a Department of Social Services, working in specialties such as juvenile justice, aging and hospice programs.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

  • Internships can be arranged in hospice programs; at Crossroads Academy, a local alternative public school; or a social services department.