"My experience at Dordt has helped me think outside the box. I was exposed to so many different cultures and experiences, and I’ve grow into a better professional because of everyone who has supported me."—Nick Payton, social work graduate
Major in Social Work
Social work at Dordt will teach you how to engage the field from a Christian perspective so you can enter your career prepared to make a difference for Christ. In this program, you will learn about:
- the needs of diverse communities
- become aware of social justice,
- develop skills in assessment, intervention, and evaluation
At Dordt, you will be surrounded by a community that will help you grow in your faith. Each class is intentionally taught from a Christian perspective and will prepare you to enter the workforce as a Christian leader.
Our social work courses apply social work knowledge and skills in real-life settings. You'll also spend your last semester in an internship, preparing you for life after graduation. Some of the things you'll be prepared for:
- engaging diversity in practice
- advancing human rights and social and economic justice
- applying knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which means that you will earn a bachelor of social work (B.S.W.) degree. Students from accredited B.S.W. programs have an advantage over students from non-accredited programs in the job market, and they often are able to complete a master’s degree in an accelerated program within one year.
A historical and contemporary analysis of groups considered vulnerable by economic and social standards in American society.
Methods of Social Science Research
An introduction to the research process as applied to the study of problems/issues in social science.
Church, State, and Social Welfare
This course examines the question of which societal sphere is responsible for protecting vulnerable people
A Top Midwest Regional University
Dordt University is the highest-ranked university in Iowa, according to the "Regional Universities (Midwest)" ranking by 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. Dordt is the highest-ranked institution within the Great Plains Athletic Conference as well.
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Dordt offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs, 12 pre-professional programs, an honor's program, and several off-campus study opportunities.
Outside of academics, you can also participate in optional campus ministry activities, including chapel, student-led praise and worship nights, small groups, and more.
We also have scholarship opportunities available for athletics, music, and theatre!
"Dordt does an amazing job of making your faith matter. Whether or not your faith is a big part of your life right now, it will be if you spend four years at Dordt. Every class will challenge you, in a good way, to develop your own opinion on cultural issues, and enable you to apply Biblical principles to the world around you."—Mark Bakker, graduate