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.

You can also participate in Social Workers of Tomorrow (SWOT), a student-led group that actively raises awareness about social problems and builds relationships among social work students.

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