Social Work Major (B.S.)
The Social Work Program exists to prepare Christ-centered men and women to impact the world through competent generalist social work practice by equipping them with the knowledge, values, and skills of the profession essential for enhancing individual, family, and community well-being.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Integrate faith in the practice of social work.
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
- Respond to contexts that shape practice.
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Program Policies and Degree Requirements
A student interested in earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Work (BSSW) at Liberty University must meet the requirements of the Social Work Program. The Social Work Program’s requirements include meeting the university admission criteria as well as the additional standards associated with preparing competent social workers for generalist practice. These additional standards are developed by the Social Work Program at Liberty University. Acceptance to Liberty University and declaring Social work as one’s major is the way in which a student begins the process. However, this first step is not synonymous with admission into the Social Work Program. Each social work candidate is to follow the steps associate with the process and meet the criteria established by the programs.
Formal application to the Social Work Program through SOWK 294 BSSW GATE 1 & Approval Process (0 c.h.) is generally completed during a student’s sophomore year in coordination with the enrollment in their last Gate 1 prerequisite course. To be eligible to apply for Gate 1 (SOWK 294 BSSW GATE 1 & Approval Process (0 c.h.)), all candidates must satisfactorily meet the criteria described below.
- Adhere to the standards set forth in the Liberty Way for residential students or the Personal Code of Honor for online students.
- Be in good academic standing with the University and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
- Have successfully completed (earned a “C” or higher) SOWK 101 Introduction to Social Work (3 c.h.).
- Be currently enrolled (for the semester in which they are enrolled in SOWK 294 BSSW GATE 1 & Approval Process (0 c.h.)) or have successfully completed (earned a “C” or higher)
Course List Code Title Hours SOWK 120 Social Work Field Exploration 2 SOWK 150 Intensive Social Work Observation 1 SOWK 135 Social Work Field Exploration and Observation (In place of SOWK 120 & SOWK 150) 3 SOWK 250/HLTH 216 Health of the Social Worker 3 SOWK 260 Chemical Dependency 3 SOWK 270 Ethics in Professional Helping 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 ENGL 102 Composition and Literature 3 BIOL 102 Principles of Human Biology 3 SOWK 101 Introduction to Social Work 3
- Provide a copy of their Degree Completion Plan Audit (DCPA).
- Submit a completed Gate 1 Application packet and a 6-7 page Autobiographical Statement addressing the provided prompts.
- Submit three recommendation forms (two professional and one personal).
- Submit the results of a background check and fingerprints. All Residential students and LUO Virginia residents also submit the results of the VA Child Abuse Search. The date of completion for all results must be within the 12 months prior to the Gate 1 Application deadline for which the student is applying.
Once a student has been granted entry into the Social Work Program, a student is to maintain his/her status by consistently meeting the following criteria:
- Earn a “C” or higher in all Major and Major Foundational classes.
- Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible for approval through Gates 2, 3, and 4.
- Maintain satisfactory citizenship and ethical behavior.
- Maintain professional standards as defined by the department.
- Consistently demonstrate the values of the profession: integrity, service, the value of human relationships, dignity and worth of a person, competence, and social justice.
- Be successfully approved through program Gates 2, 3, and 4.
Social workers are employed in a variety of professional fields.
- Church social worker
- Clinical/mental health social worker
- School social worker
- Medical social worker
- Child welfare social worker
- Hospice social worker
- Military social worker
- Nursing home social worker
Social workers provide services to people of all ages in numerous settings. A social worker can get employment without a master’s degree. However, if the social worker wants to do mental health therapy, military social work, supervision or administration, it is recommended that the social worker get their Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW).