Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which means that students earn a bachelor of social work (B.S.W.) degree when they graduate. The B.S.W. is a professional degree, preparing students for employment or further study at the graduate level. Students from accredited B.S.W. programs have a competitive advantage over students from non-accredited programs in the job market, and often are able to complete a master’s degree in social work (M.S.W.) within one year after graduating from Dordt. In addition to the social work major, students have flexibility in their course plans to add minors in areas such as psychology or sociology. These academic disciplines help students to gain additional knowledge about individuals, groups, and society.
Dordt's social work students are actively engaged in their learning and developing lives of service. Students visit agencies, explore local communities, help social service organizations, conduct community research, and volunteer. Our social work courses are so much more than just theory; they apply social work knowledge and skills in the classroom and in real life settings.
Students in their senior year put knowledge into practice in an internship, working four days a week in a social service agency under the supervision of both their professor and a practicing social worker. One day a week, students will participate in a seminar in which they not only discuss experiences but also explore further what it means to be a Christian social worker in the agency setting. Internship sites are available locally, regionally, and in the Chicago Metro area. This 440-hour internship is one of the most extensive internship programs available in the college setting.
Students can also participate in the Social Workers of Tomorrow (SWOT), a student-led group that organizes social events, actively raises awareness about social problems and builds relationships among social work students.