What is social welfare and justice? 

Social welfare concerns the collective well being of members of a society and the social responsibility for its ongoing improvement.


The study of social welfare examines the quality of human life in a society, in all its dimensions, and explores the types of resources needed to enhance it, including but not limited to social work and social welfare policies and programs. Social justice intersects with social welfare in its concern for the extent to which persons have equitable access to resources for human development, both within a society and globally.


Social justice research investigates whether some groups have privileged access to resources while others are systematically excluded and social justice advocacy explores ways to remove social inequalities.


Upon completion of the Social Welfare and Justice degree, a student should be able to:

  • Use an appropriate empirical research method to assess a human need.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of social science theories and professional practices as applied to advancing the well being of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Identify and use interpersonal skills appropriate to specific professional applications.


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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