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Dual degree to benefit Latinos

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Dual degree to benefit Latinos
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Social workers are typically able to provide better assistance to their clients when they have a thorough understanding of their cultural values and customs. That's one of the reasons why the University of Texas at Austin is offering a new dual degree program for interested students looking to earn a Master of Science in Social Work as well as a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies. The advanced degree, beginning in fall 2015, will help students be more marketable and also allow them to better accommodate the region's growing minority population.

"Latinos are expected to make up close to one-third of the U.S. population by 2050," Luis H. Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work at UT, said in a press release. "This dual degree augments our existing programs, particularly the St. David's Foundation Bilingual Scholarships, to ensure that more graduates are ready for superb culturally competent social work practice with the growing numbers of Latino clients in Texas and beyond."

A degree in social work is a good choice for those interested in helping others. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a job growth of 19 percent is expected through 2022, which is faster than average. Professionals with this type of degree can find work in schools, mental health clinics, hospitals and more.

By Monique Smith

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