Dr. Louise Cainkar and SOWJ students

What can I do with a SOWJ degree?

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.


You would like the SOWJ major if you:


Jobs for social welfare and justice majors



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







Contact the Department of
Social and Cultural Sciences

Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 340
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-6838 | Fax: (414) 288-6444