The social work program exists within the mission and purposes of Huntington University to effectively prepare students to enter the social work profession, graduate school and the service of others worldwide. The four goals established for the social work program are: 1) Students will demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, ethical social work practice, critical thinking, celebrating cultural diversity, scientific inquiry and social and economic justice; 2) Students will acquire and apply social work knowledge, values and skills in the engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations; 3) Students will integrate Christian faith with social work values and ethical principles; and 4) Students who successfully complete the baccalaureate program will be qualified for admission to graduate level social work programs.
Completion of an accredited baccalaureate social work program results in a professional credential that may be utilized to initiate the process toward licensure as a professional social worker in a majority of the states in the United States. It is also a professional degree that is globally recognized. The social work program was initiated at Huntington University in fall 2004 and was granted initial accreditation status in February 2009 by The Council on Social Work Education retroactive to February 2006. Reaffirmation of the program was awarded in February 2014 for an eight-year period (the maximum number of years obtainable).
The theme chosen for the social work major at Huntington University is “Globally Aware/Locally Active.” Courses are designed in such a way that students serve in the local community while also gaining intercultural competence skills through a required immersion experience along with classroom instruction. Key values of the faith-based heritage of the University as part of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and of the social work profession are encapsulated in the focal point of the major. This focal point, “Seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God,” is based on Micah 6:8 and is affirmed by the foundational social work values of justice, service and integrity.
The social work curriculum is divided into ten core competencies:
- Demonstrate ethical and 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
- Integrate faith with practice in an ethical manner
A student choosing a social work major will complete a formal application process in the spring semester of the sophomore year. As a part of that application process, the student will submit a portfolio for formal evaluation. Successful completion of the evaluation will result in permission to register for and complete courses in the junior and senior years of the program and the professional degree. A full-time student may complete all coursework in three and one-half years and then complete the senior practicum as a 480-hour block placement in the final spring semester.
Students who choose social work as a major for the bachelor of social work degree complete SW 171, 236, 325, 345, 363, 391, 395 (2 hours), 425, 445, 471 and 496; PY 211, 215, 321, 381, 382 and 461; SO 311, 321 and 333. The following specific core requirements will be necessary in order to fulfill prerequisites to courses required in the major: BI 111/L, MA 151*, PY 111, and SO 111. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the major.
*Students who plan to go to graduate school should take MA 151 as their core curriculum mathematics course. If a student believes he/she will not pursue a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW), the option of another 100 level core curriculum mathematics course may be selected.
The minor in social work requires PY 111, 211 (or 230), 215 (or SO 311); SO 111; SW 171, 236, 325, and 363. The social work minor will not lead towards licensure in professional practice or serve to assist students to obtain advanced standing in a graduate social work program.