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Social Work

Is an online Social Work degree right for me?

If you’re interested in learning how to effectively advocate for, minister to, and intervene on behalf of for those who need help, then yes! Now might be the perfect time to start pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. Huntington University’s fully online program is designed specifically to help you finish your degree around a busy schedule. Our five-week online courses let you focus on your studies — and the next step in your career.

Why study Social Work at Huntington University?

  • Study in a program that’s accredited by the Council of Social Work Education and rooted in Christian faith. Our degree meets rigorous licensure standards.
  • Social-work jobs are growing at 16% per year, much faster than the national average.
  • Complete your degree without giving up your current job — or valuable family time!
  • Gain real-world skills and knowledge that will help you make a difference in people’s lives.

Did You Know?

70%
You’re not alone. 70% of Hoosiers take more than 4 years to finish college.
$47,980
The median annual salary for social workers in 2017.
80%
Approximately 80% of our incoming student population received financial aid in 2018.
35
The average age of an adult degree program student in 2018 was 35.

After Graduation

With a degree in social work, you’re well on your way to a variety of expanded opportunities, complete with potential salary increases and greater responsibilities. Think roles in hospitals, clinics, state and local governments, schools, or other youth-serving organizations. Or you can take your career to the next level with a Master of Arts in Counseling degree.

There’s so much more we could tell you about Huntington University.

We would love to have a conversation with you about your goals and how we can help you reach them. To get started, tell us a little more about how our admissions team can contact you.

Earn your degree through engaging online courses.

Huntington University specializes in creating a supportive online learning environment for busy adults. You’ll earn the same degree as traditional college students but with the convenience of completing weekly courses around your schedule. 

Through online instruction, community service, and field training, you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience to pursue a fulfilling career in social work. 

A Degree of Integrity

Our degree programs are built on Christian principles and enriched with our broad curriculum in the liberal arts. Your professors will help you integrate academic excellence with your Christian faith. If you want to connect with fellow students and faculty mentors in meaningful ways, all while gaining the professional competence you need, Huntington University is where you belong.

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Social Work Courses

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SWX 171 Introduction to Social Work
( 3 credits )

An introduction and broad overview of the social work profession. Its beginnings and growth to worldwide recognition are traced. Key people, movements and practices are noted. Fields of practice are especially emphasized. Includes concurrent experiential learning through service in the local community. Provides a picture of what it means to have a career in social work.

SWX 236 Introduction to Addictions
( 3 credits )

This course is an overview of the phenomenon of addictions. The course will survey various types of addictions such as alcoholism, drug addiction, internet addictions, eating disorders and hoarding. Consideration will be given to the etiology, symptomatology, prevention, treatment and relapse prevention options in the addictions field. The biological psychological, social and spiritual implications of addiction will be examined.
Prerequisite: PYX 111 or SOX 111

SWX 325 Social Work Practice I
( 3 credits )

Foundational course of a three-course sequence in preparation for generalist social work practice. Focuses on application of theoretical approaches and interpersonal skills in a problem-solving model. Professional values and ethical decision making are introduced and applied through the use of case studies. Cultural competence and empowerment of client systems are emphasized. Research application to evaluation of practice is included. Concurrent experiential learning component.
Prerequisites: SWX 171 and SOX 111

SWX 345 Social Work Practice II
( 3 credits )

Second of a three-course sequence in preparation for generalist social work practice. Content learned in the first practice course is applied specifically to families and groups within a life span development approach. Class provides opportunities for practice group membership and leadership skills. Particular emphasis on issues of diversity in families, group stages and group dynamics.
Prerequisites: SWX 325 and PYX 321

SWX 363 Social Policy
( 3 credits )

Builds upon basic understanding of the political system, economic theories and social welfare institutions in identifying and analyzing current social welfare policies and programs. Current federal and state proposed legislation is identified and followed. Implications for social work practice are noted.
Prerequisite: SOX 333

SWX 395 Intercultural Immersion
( 3 credits )

Field experience in a cross-cultural setting anywhere in the world. Intended to provide direct experience in living and working in an intercultural setting. Individual experiences must be approved by the department.
Students must complete SW 395 prior to formal acceptance into the Social Work Program.
Prerequisite: Social work major

SWX 425 Social Work Practice III
( 3 credits )

Final of a three-course sequence in preparation for generalist social work practice. Theoretical concepts, skills, values and ethics are applied to work with communities and organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on community assessment and planning. A grant writing workshop and experiential applications with community social service providers are included.
Prerequisite: SWX 345

SWX 445 Interview Workshop
( 3 credits )

This course focuses on the interview process used in professional helping relationships. Each student will be involved in class role plays, taped interview sessions with mock clients and simulated job interviews. Interviews will be videotaped and critiqued within the learning context. Professional documentation skills related to these settings will be developed. Personal resume will be completed for professional use.
Prerequisite: PYX 321

SWX 471 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
( 3 credits )

Capstone course in human behavior and the social environment utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective. Theoretical perspectives, cultural diversity, oppression and socialization are revisited as various pervasive issues and topics are investigated, discussed and applied to social work practice. Topics covered are chosen from among the following: lifespan development, violence, substance abuse and addictions, disabilities, gender issues, elders and immigrant populations.
Prerequisites: BIX 111, PYX 211, 215, and SOX 321

SWX 496 Senior Practicum and Seminar
( 12 credits )

This course is the culminating experience for the social work major in the form of a block field experience in a professional social work setting under the supervision of a field instructor with an MSW or BSW credential and at least three years of successful practice experience. The actual field placement is preceded by a comprehensive evaluation and orientation to the field placement. Professional seminars will be held throughout the practicum experience with professors and peer students. Required hours in the filed placement is 400 hours. This course is open only to social work majors who have satisfactorily completed all required courses in the social work major.
Prerequisite: Completion of all courses required in the social work major