Social Work

Do you want to help people thrive in their everyday lives? If so, then Dordt’s social work major is for you.

In this program, you will learn about the needs of diverse communities, become aware of social justice, and develop skills in assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Studying social work at Dordt could lead to a career as a substance abuse counselor, family or juvenile court officer, adoption worker, mental health program evaluator, and many other tracks.

Dordt’s social work program will teach you to love others as Christ loved and served us, walking alongside some of the most vulnerable members of our society while being the light of Christ at times when people need it most.

Program Options

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.

Our social work courses apply social work knowledge and skills in real-life settings. You’ll visit agencies, explore local communities, help social service organizations, conduct research, and volunteer. In addition, you will take elective courses that focus on areas such as community mental health, mental disabilities, and the elderly.

You will spend the last semester of your senior year in an internship, working four days a week in a social service agency under the supervision of both your professor and a practicing social worker. You will discuss your experiences and explore what it means to be a Christian social worker in the agency setting during a weekly seminar. Internship sites are available locally and regionally, as well as in Chicago, Nicaragua, and Uganda.

The bachelor of social work major at Dordt College will prepare you to:

  • identify and conduct yourself as a professional social worker
  • apply ethical principles to professional practice
  • use critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
  • engage diversity in practice
  • advance human rights and social and economic justice
  • engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research
  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
  • engage in policy shaping that advances social and economic well-being
  • develop skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation
  • articulate and understand a Reformed Christian response to social work and social welfare

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Tara Boer

Tara Boer
Instructor of Social Work

CL 2209
(712) 722-6371
Tara.Boer@dordt.edu

Dr. Abby Foreman

Dr. Abby Foreman
Professor of Social Work

CL 2207
(712) 722-6365
Abby.Foreman@dordt.edu

Dr. Erin Olson

Dr. Erin Olson
Professor of Social Work
Department Chair

CL 2208
(712) 722-6359
Erin.Olson@dordt.edu

Dr. Kristin Van De Griend

Dr. Kristin Van De Griend
Assistant Adjunct - Social Work

CL 2210
(712) 722-6307
Kristin.VanDeGriend@dordt.edu