The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare includes the Department of Social Work and the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Their combined 22 tenure-track and 37 teaching/academic staff serve approximately 800 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. To provide field placement opportunities, the two departments partner with hundreds of agencies regionally and statewide.

The departments collaborate to offer a PhD in social welfare, in which students may follow tracks relating to social work and/or criminal justice and criminology. The school also provides an administrative home within the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology for undergraduate classes in military science, serving both the Army and Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps.