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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 60-credit major includes classroom and field courses, and select biological, social, and behavioral science foundational support courses.

To earn an undergraduate degree from Bethel, you will need a total of 122 credits. The listed number of required credits is based on a minimum of 60 transfer credits from previous professional, military, or educational experiences.

If you are applying with fewer credits, your enrollment counselor can help explore options for obtaining additional credits.

Online

Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

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

Total Credits

66

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 Government and Politics (POLS100)

    Examination of essential concepts, ideas, and facts from American politics and the discipline of political science. Development of connections between concepts and their relation to political phenomena. Recognition of the role of Christianity in American politics. Employment of political science methods of analysis rather than ideological opinions to explain institutions and behavior. Foster a thoughtful and civil approach to political engagement.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC100)

    Methods, theories, and principal findings of psychological investigation.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCS100)

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

    2 credits

  • 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)

    Historical and critical examination of the social and political movements that have shaped the emergence, resistance and commitment to social activism. Evaluation of significant turning points and their legacies in society with a view to gain appreciation of the linkages and contexts that inextricably interconnect past, present, and future social welfare reform efforts. Identification of strengths and weaknesses of the American welfare state and its impact on the delivery of social services.

    2 credits

  • 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)

    Understanding of social work mission, core values, history, and field of practice overview. Recognition of the dimensions of diversity, cultures, and structures that may oppress and marginalize people groups. Communication and collaboration with diverse individuals with community-based, cross-cultural service learning. 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 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

  • 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 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

  • Experience in Anti-Racism and Justice Informed Social Work Practice (SOWK320)

    Integration of anti-racism and anti-oppressive and justice-informed theories and practice to social work experience. Understanding of how one’s own cultural identity impacts engagement and assessment with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities. Application of interpersonal skills within a multi-service community based agency setting.

    2 credits

  • Social Work Field Experience I (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 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)

    Description of how cultural structures and values affect privilege and power. Identification of practices that ensure that rights and responsibilities are distributed equitably. Analysis of strength-based assets and community empowerment. Application of self-awareness and self-regulation, relationship building and inter-professional collaboration strategies, multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks and intervention strategies based on assessment, research, values, and preferences of clients.

    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 for development of knowledge and skills of social work practice: engagement, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and termination.

    3 credits

  • 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

  • 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

  • Social Work Field Experience II (SOWK420)

    Field practicum in which students perform the role of a professional social worker under supervision of a qualified field instructor. Weekly 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

  • Social Work Field Experience III (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 (SOWK490H)

    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

  • CORE Courses

    A distinctive feature of Bethel's programs is our commitment to the development of the whole person. In addition to courses within a program, students explore personal values and faith formation in a hospitable environment that respects learning from one another's perspectives. Rather than teaching students what to think about Christianity, we teach students how to think about the Bible, Christian history, and personal faith.

    • Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives (CORE300)

      An exploration of self in the world, based on personal experience and classical spiritual practices. Students are challenged to think systemically about contexts of family, faith community, workplace, and broader culture as they plan for lifelong formation and contribution to the well-being of others.

      3 credits

    • Examining Crucial Questions (CORE330)

      Summary of the Christian biblical narrative. Identification of the roles of scripture, history, experience, and reason as they form convictions related to social and ethical issues. Examination of selected theological concepts using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, as well as the application of those concepts to real life situations.

      3 credits