Social workers are people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering and who want their work to make a difference. Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This can mean providing direct services to individuals and families as well as working to improve social conditions. For many
Christians, social work is the ideal conduit to live out their faith in a practical and meaningful way and in a variety of settings.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2008), employment of social workers is expected to increase by 22 percent during the 2006-2016 decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
Our mission is to empower students, as followers of Jesus, to become competent, ethical and professional social workers, confident in their ability to engage diverse populations in both local and global settings. The Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. Graduates from an accredited social work program are eligible for state licensure and also for advanced standing in accredited graduate social work programs.
What can I do with this major?
Graduates of our program are successfully finding employment in a variety of social work positions and agencies in the local community, their home communities and abroad. Our students can be found working in residential treatment, child welfare, nursing homes, domestic violence shelters, substance abuse treatment, criminal justice, homeless shelters, churches, low-income assistance programs and mental health centers. Many of our students are also enrolled in graduate studies or have completed master's degrees.
What are some interesting classes I may take?
SWK 221 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SWK 331 - Social Work Practice I: Individuals & Families
SWK 332 - Social Work Practice II: Groups
SWK 333 - Social Work Practice III: Communities & Organizations
SWK 417 - Human Diversity
*Electives in Child Welfare, Substance Abuse, and other disciplines are also available.
What are some internships/partnerships offered with this major?
As part of their social work education, students complete a dynamic 440-hour internship at a social service agency during their senior year. Field placements include opportunities to work with a variety of populations and services. Most of these placements occur locally, but opportunities do exist for students to pursue international field placements or a specialized field placement in the Chicago area.
Recent Field Placements have included the following:
Bethany Christian Services - child welfare workers local and global.
United Church Outreach Ministry - working with low income families.
Department of Human Services - family to family worker and youth opportunities
Criminal Justice Chaplaincy - work with recently released criminal offenders.
Lutheran Social Services - refugee worker, child welfare worker.
Lutheran Child and Family Services - foster care worker.
Romanian Studies Program - working with children and elderly.
Ethiopia and Guatemala - children and family work.
Chicago Semester - working with urban youth, or individuals.
Bishop Hills Elder Care Community - working with elderly residents.
Discovery Alternative High School - youth counselor.
Spectrum Health Medical Group - work with individuals in medical care setting.
What are grads doing now?
Crystal King - Adoption worker at Detroit-area Spectrum Child and Family Services.
Nick Charles - Protective Service Worker in North Carolina.
Elizabeth Mankey - Admissions/Marketing Director at DNCC Nursing Home.
Katie Stegenga - Social worker for Bishop Hills Elder Care Community
Janelle Horton (Beimers) - Refugee Services at Bethany Christian Services
Kelly VanSickle - St John's Home, youth service
Caitlin Haller - Alpha Women's Center, Service Coordinator
Brenda Salvo - Program Director, Boys and Girls Club
Jennifer McKinstry - Volunteer Coordinator at Children's Assessment Center
Michele Siegel - Foster Care Worker, Lutheran Child and Family Services
Accreditation: The Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. Graduates from an accredited social work program are eligible for state licensure and also for advanced standing in accredited graduate social work programs.
Program Evaluation Information:
Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
For More Info Contact:
Scott Sanders (Program Director) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nola Carew (Field Coordinator) - email@example.com