The curriculum for the Social Work program includes foundational courses in social welfare, human behavior, research methods, and fieldwork, as well as the liberal arts core.
In addition to the curriculum, BSW students are also required to complete Service Learning and IPE hours in preparation for their field placement. These hours will be completed between their freshman year and the summer prior to senior year.
Service learning is an opportunity for students to become involved with the Social Work community through a social service organization, learning first-hand some of the ins and outs of Social Work practice.
Interprofessional Education (IPE) is essential for students preparing for careers in the health and social care fields. The goal of IPE is for students to develop competencies and skills to work in collaborative, team-based environments that are patient/client-centered.
Service learning and IPE have multiple functions. 1) Provide unique experiences that prepare you for the field internship. 2) Provide experiences that build your resume and strengthen your competitiveness for employment. 3) Increase confidence in your ability to be a Social Worker. 4) Fulfill the Christian mission of developing in mind, body and spirit for service to Christ in the church and the world.