Social work

B.A. in Social Work (BSW)

Bachelor of Arts

With a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, you’ll be prepared for licensing and immediate entry into the job market upon graduation.

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Discover learning that fits your life. In Bethel's B.A. in Social Work program, you’ll learn to use your compassion for others in ways that honor their dignity and worth as people. You’ll learn to integrate a deeply rooted faith perspective into social work practice, considering social justice, reconciliation, ethical practices, and human rights.

Program Details

The social work program's mission is to prepare students for professional generalist social work practice, equipping them to be advocates of hope and change. Students learn to practice social work within a diverse world through scholarship, service, justice, and leadership, all in the context of a Christian liberal arts learning community. 

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Program Highlights

Professional practice experience

Practicum study gives you real-world experience that prepares you for licensing and immediate entry into the job market upon graduation.

Christian worldview

Integrate a Christian faith and justice perspective that honors the dignity and worth of all people.

Preparation for grad school

You’ll be equipped for graduate-level social work education, including 1-year Advanced Standing MSW programs.

Ability to incorporate diversity

Build leaderships skills to promote reconciliation in advocating for human rights and social and economic justice.

Critical thinking skills

Develop the skills for prioritizing needs, following best practices, applying research to your practice, and successful preparation for further education.

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Learning that fits your life.

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At Bethel, you’ll become and advocate for hope and change for clients who need your voice. Our B.A. in Social Work program teaches you to incorporate ethics and compassion with strength and resiliency as you work with client systems.

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Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a BSW degree?

The B.A. in Social Work program will provide you with real-world experience, preparing you for immediate entry into the social work field upon graduation. Our program also equips you for graduate-level social work education, including Bethel’s one-year Advanced Standing MSW program and others like it.


Our graduates are prepared to work as:

  • Community organizers
  • Case managers
  • Counselors
  • Social policy makers and researchers
  • Administrators and managers
  • Residential treatment counselors
  • Homeless shelter staff members
  • Child and family welfare personnel
  • Public health workers
  • Educators in special education
  • Domestic violence program advocates

Graduate Fields

Our graduates go on to study:

  • Social work
  • Special education
  • Counseling
  • Psychology
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