Jane Addams College of Social Work

Advancing the mission of social work on behalf of the poor, the oppressed, racial and ethnic minorities, and other at-risk urban populations.

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Professor James Swartz

Dr. James Swartz is working with Illinois DHS to curb deaths from opioid overdoes, and serves on UIC’s Opioid Task Force.


PhD student Christine Barber

A former U.S. Marine, PhD student Christine Barber has a research interest in suicide prevention among high-risk populations.


Rick Velasquez, MSW '84

Rick Velasquez, MSW ’84, is Executive Director of Youth Outreach Services, Inc., which serves approximately 4,000 youth and families annually.

Academic Programs


The Master of Social Work degree program prepares students with the competencies and practice behaviors necessary for advanced social work practice in an area of specialization.

Joint Degree

The MSW/MPH program allows students interested in the field of public health social work to integrate the competencies and perspectives of the two disciplines in a deliberate and coordinated way.

Post MSW
PEL Program

This non-degree program prepares those with an MSW to become school social workers and eligible to apply for the IBES Professional Educator License (PEL), School Social Worker Endorsement.


This program develops scholars of social justice, providing the knowledge and skills needed to advance social work theory and research, and to develop and direct social welfare programs and services.

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