Social Work (EC)

Major:  Social Work

Social work is a diverse and dynamic profession. Grounded in social justice and a professional code of ethics, social workers can be found in all levels of the helping professions. Social workers develop skills in helping people navigate complex systems of care. They provide counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups. Social workers can be found in social and health care services. They participate in political advocacy and support legislative changes that create a more balanced and just world. The profession is built on an academic knowledge base that supports competency-based learning. Students receive hands on training through professionally supervised and mentored internships. Graduates are eligible for licensure in most states and enjoy job security in one of the fastest growing professions in the country. Social work is a profession with many possibilities for diversity in practice and careers.

The mission of the CU Social Work Program is to prepare graduates for baccalaureate level, generalist social work practice, within the context of faith, service, and social justice.

Generalist social work practice means that social work majors learn how to help others in many broad-based ways. They may assist individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in a variety of social work or related settings. Generalist social work practice includes helping people from a strengths perspective, which means recognizing, supporting, and building on the innate capabilities of all human beings.

The mission of the Social Work Program also includes the importance of a faith perspective that provides the support, energy, and commitment to make a difference in the lives of others. The mission inspires majors to use the force of their individual personal selves and professional skills in service to others and encourages majors to work for social and economic justice for those who may be forgotten or marginalized in our larger society. Social work embraces six core values. They include:

  1. The values of service
  2. Social justice
  3. The dignity and worth of each person
  4. The importance of human relationships
  5. Integrity
  6. Competence

The values of human rights and the importance of scientific inquiry support these core values.

The social work curriculum promotes the social work mission through providing the theoretical concepts, a broad knowledge base, and the applied skills necessary to improve and enhance the overall well-being of others. The mission is carried out through the professional social work foundation courses which include content on:

  • Social work values and ethics
  • Human diversity
  • Social and economic justice
  • Populations-at-risk
  • Human behavior in the social environment
  • Social welfare policy and services
  • Social work practice skills
  • Research
  • Field (internship) practicum

Social Work Program Goals

The goals of the CU Social Work Program are to:

  • Prepare students for professional generalist practice.
  • Develop students who have a strong skill and knowledge base in their practice with diverse groups.
  • Support students in their understanding and ability to apply social work values and ethics to their professional social work practice.
  • Prepare students who can apply research and/or evidence-based practice to their various practice contexts and for self and practice evaluation.
  • Encourage students to draw on the foundation of faith, service, and social justice to provide leadership in the provision of service to and solidarity for marginalized or oppressed groups.

Social Work Programs Core Competencies

  • Demonstrate Ethical & Professional Behavior.
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice.
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice.
  • Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice.
  • Engage in Policy Practice.
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities.
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
Core Requirements 144
Major Requirements45
Minor: Optional
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
Mathematics (must take Statistical Methods) 1
Required Courses
SW 225Social Work & Social Welfare 13
SW 235Introduction to Child Welfare 13
SW 306Social Welfare Pol & Prog 13
SW 346Hum Behav/Soc Envr I 13
SW 347Human Behavior/Social Env 2 13
SW 310Research Methods I 13
SW 410Research Methods II 13
SW 326Skills & Meth-SW I 13
SW 426Skills & Meth-SW II 13
SW 436Skil & Meth-SW III 13
SW 327Field Ed I 23
SW 427Field Ed II 23
SW 328Field Ed Seminar I 23
SW 428Field Ed Seminar II 23
SW 490Senior Integrative Seminar 13
Major Electives
Select 34 elective credits34
Total Hours79


Social Work Programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Social Work Program at Concordia University is fully accredited by CSWE.

CSWE Accreditation establishes uniform educational standards for social work students to insure students acquire the highest standards of professional training and practice.  Additionally, an accredited program qualifies graduates for advanced standing in graduate programs that grant the Master of Social Work Degree (MSW). This status typically makes it possible for BSW graduates to earn an MSW in three semesters. Students who receive their BSW can also join The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest professional association of social workers. Finally, students who graduate from accredited social work programs are eligible to apply and take the examination for state licensing or certification for professional social work practice.  Social workers, who successfully complete the baccalaureate degree requirements at Concordia University, graduate from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education and receive a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW).

Field Education (Internships)

The curriculum design for field education is incorporated in two semesters and involves the accumulation of 450 hours of fieldwork. Field experience offers students the opportunity to test and demonstrate their abilities and knowledge in a supervised educational setting. Social work majors, are required to enroll in SW 327 Field Ed I and SW 427 Field Ed II. In conjunction with Field Education, students are required to enroll in SW 328 Field Ed Seminar I and SW 428 Field Ed Seminar II. Participation in the seminar is to be concurrent with field education. The seminar format will provide for the integration of field experience with classroom learning through discussion and assignments. The Department of Social Work Field Coordinator will contact students to guide them through the process of establishing their field placement. Students must have all other degree requirements met, except for SW 490 Senior Integrative Seminar, prior to beginning their field placement.