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Social Work Program Details

Bachelor of Arts

Bethel’s Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates are eligible to be licensed as social workers. While preparation for generalist-level professional practice is the program’s primary objective, academically qualified graduates are prepared to pursue graduate-level social work education. The students from Bethel’s social work program are eligible for advanced standing admission to CSWE accredited graduate schools. The 64-credit major includes classroom and field courses, and select biological, social, and behavioral science foundational support courses.

You need to have 60 credits to start this program. Your enrollment counselor can help you explore your options for obtaining credits, including taking courses in our associate degree programs.

Online

Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks beginning Spring 2022. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits

60

Finish in as Few as

24 months

Courses

  • Environmental Studies (NASC275)

    Examination of how science, engineering, and economics work together to address and solve environmental problems. Exploration of the importance of the scientific method as it relates to the environment, conservation of resources, and energy. Evaluation of case studies will develop a deeper sense of stewardship to our planet.

    3 credits

  • American Politics and Government (POLS100)

    Structure and workings of major parts of the United States national government, such as the Constitution, the presidency, Congress, the courts, the electoral process, and others. How these institutions help Americans deal with significant current issues.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC100)

    Methods, theories, and principal findings of psychological investigation.

    3 credits

  • B26 Introduction to Sociology (SOCS100)

    Major concepts, theories, methodologies, findings, controversies, and history of sociology. Contributions of sociology to Christian life and thought.

    2 credits

  • B4 Socioeconomic & Justice Issues in Market Economies (SOWK240)

    Equips students with knowledge and skills for understanding and critically evaluating how market economies operate, their broad socioeconomic consequences, and their impact on the lives of socially disadvantaged people.

    3 credits

  • Social Welfare History (SOWK250)

    Examines the historical movements of social welfare responses to the poor and oppressed from the colonial period to the present, emphasizing economic, demographic, cultural, and political forces. Historical documents representing significant turning points in society are presented to gain appreciation of the linkage among past, present, and future reforms. Understand the role of the church and a Christian worldview in responding to community need.

    2 credits

  • B6 Social Perspective, Human Worth, and Social Action (SOWK270)

    Examines historical and current societal conditions and their impact on individuals and communities. Culture, power, oppression, exclusion, and the impact of diverse realities in the U.S. are explored, incorporating faith perspectives. Comparative examination by synthesizing contemporary writings, social theory, and diverse voices. Experiential learning and dialogue promote understanding, justice-seeking strategies, and social action.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Social Work (SOWK300)

    Overview of social work mission, core values, history, and fields of practice. Understanding dimensions of diversity, cultures, and structures that may oppress and marginalize people groups. Significant cross-cultural, community-based service learning in which students communicate and collaborate with diverse individuals. Consideration of social work as career choice.

    4 credits

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (SOWK310)

    Analysis of individuals, families and groups utilizing systems theory, learning theories and psychosocial frameworks as part of the human behavior in the social environment perspective. Appraisal of important lifespan milestones and the influence of social environment on human development. Application of information and theories consistent with social work values and the promotion of social justice.

    4 credits

  • B9 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (SOWK315)

    Analysis of individuals, families and groups utilizing systems theory, learning theories and psychosocial frameworks as part of the human behavior in the social environment perspective. Appraisal of important lifespan milestones and the influence of social environment on human development. Application of information and theories consistent with social work values and the promotion of social justice.

    2 credits

  • B10 Social Work Field Experience I (SOWK320)

    Introductory field experience in a multi-service community-based agency serving an ethnically diverse population. Apply and integrate beginning knowledge, values, skills, and ethics with an emphasis on developing a professional identity. Weekly on-campus field seminar while students work a minimum of 80 hours in a field setting under agency supervision.

    2 credits

  • Social Work Field Experience II (SOWK325)

    Apply and integrate beginning knowledge, values, skills, and ethics for social work practice with an emphasis on diversity, human rights and justice, and professional generalist practice. Weekly on-campus field seminar supports integration while students work a minimum of 100 hours in field setting under agency supervision.

    2 credits

  • Social Work Practice I (SOWK330)

    Generalist social work theory and practice with organizations and communities. Application of human behavior in the social environment. Research-based knowledge emphasized. Assignments in community settings focus on engagement and assessment; dimensions of diversity; interaction of social systems; and strategies to promote human and civil rights.

    3 credits

  • Social Work Practice II (SOWK335)

    Generalist social work theory and practice with individuals and families. Beginning professional development, critical thinking, effective communication, Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE), ethical and evidenced-based practice. Simulated case assignments develop knowledge and skills of social work practice: engagement, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and termination.

    3 credits

  • B14 Environmental Justice, Health Disparities and Restorative Perspectives in Social Work Practice (SOWK340)

    This course will examine the inequitable distribution of environmental risks and implications of policies established to address such risks. This course will acknowledge the contributions of diverse populations in addressing environmental and health injustices and lead to understanding of strategies to reduce these injustices.

    2 credits

  • Social Policy Practice (SOWK350)

    Interrelationship of social problems, social welfare policies, and service delivery from historical, economic, political, and program perspectives. Social systems content applied to social policy analysis. Students develop, analyze, advocate, and provide leadership for policy and service delivery that promote economic and social justice through community-based projects.

    3 credits

  • Social Work Research I (SOWK370)

    Social research methods, including an emphasis on becoming proficient and critical consumers of research-based data, for the purposes of knowledge advancement, informed practice, and program and practice effectiveness evaluation.

    2 credits

  • B17 Social Work Research II (SOWK380)

    Social research methods, including an emphasis on becoming proficient and critical consumers of research-based data, for the purposes of knowledge advancement, informed practice, and program and practice effectiveness evaluation.

    2 credits

  • B18 Social Work Field Experience III (SOWK420)

    Field practicum in which students perform the role of a professional social worker under supervision of a qualified field instructor. Weekly on-campus field seminar supports integration of theory with social work practice. Minimum of 135 hours in the field. A structured learning contract applies social work knowledge, values, and skills.

    2 credits

    Corequisite Course: SOWK430

  • B19 Social Work Field Experience IV (SOWK425)

    A continuation of SOWK 420. Time involvement must total a minimum of 135 hours in the field. Satisfactory progress must be made toward competence in professional social work practice.

    2 credits

  • Social Work Practice III (SOWK430)

    Generalist social work theory applied to integrated practice within client systems. Emphasis is on families and groups and on the planned change process. Student development of a group work project and case study review promote application of critical thinking, research-informed practice and culture competence.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: SOWK420

  • Abuse,Trauma and Mental Health in Social Work Practice (SOWK450)

    Students will be presented with the characteristics and consequences of family violence, intimate partner abuse and child and elder abuse. Theoretical frameworks for assessment and intervention with survivors will be presented. Special consideration will be given to understanding the role of racism and oppression in addressing abuse and trauma.

    3 credits

  • Integrative Seminar (SOWK490)

    Integration of generalist social work knowledge, values, and skills through ethics-based case studies and completion of practice/program evaluation research applied to field practicum setting. Critical thinking, leadership, and scholarship emphasized. Understand ethical integration of a Christian worldview into social work practice.

    4 credits