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Undergrad Catalog 2010

Department of Social Work

Sabrina W. Sullenberger (chair), Debbie Dempsey Simpler, Julie W. Hunt, Jennifer Crowell


The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree prepares students for the beginning level of generalist social work practice and graduate social work education. With a liberal arts foundation and within a Christian context (which emphasize the life and work of Jesus to take care of the poor, the marginalized of society and to work toward a society that is just and non-judgmental), the social work student will be able to integrate the knowledge, values and skills of the profession into a broad range of social services.


The purpose of the Department of Social Work is to prepare generalist social work professionals who practice under the guidance of the National Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics and who are able to integrate the Educational Policy and Accreditation areas of social work into their practice. Additionally, the Department of Social Work prepares students for graduate education in social work.


1. To prepare students for the beginning level of social work practice who;

  • a. demonstrate competence and effectiveness as generalist practitioners
  • b. are committed to life-long learning
  • c. think strategically
  • d. emerge as leaders
  • e. are influenced by a Christian, liberal arts learning environment
  • f. are guided by the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics of the social work profession, and;

2. To produce graduates who seek to promote global social and economic justice. 

Career opportunities abound in social work. The following is a partial listing of areas of professional practice. For a more complete listing, check with the Program Director.

Child Welfare   Probation/Parole
Children's Homes   School Social Work
Alcohol/Drug Treatment   Employee Assistance Program
Nursing Homes   Hospital/Home Health
Social Services in Churches   Housing
Mental Health Services   Mental Retardation

The curriculum is organized around nine essential areas which include Human Behavior and Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy and Services, Social Work Practice, Social Work Research, and Field Instruction. It is important that the student make an early decision to enter the program as courses are in sequential order and begin in the sophomore year.

The program does not grant any academic credit for life or work experience.

There is an admission process, and students may apply after successful completion of SWK 2000. The program is open to all qualified applicants without discrimination.


The Bachelor of Social Work (baccalaureate) is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).