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Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW)

A Social Work Education program where practice skills, knowledge, values, and cognitive/affective processes are supported with faith integration.

Our Social Work Theme:  Globally Aware and Locally Active.

Biblical Foundation of our program:  He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  Micah 6:8 (NIV)

Foundational Values, Strong Future

Our Social Work program focuses on the foundational values of the social work profession such as service, justice, integrity, dignity, importance of human relationships, and competence. Our nationally-accredited social work program addresses the needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities, allowing students to be globally aware and locally active.

Additionally, our program provides entry into the social work field and the capacity to become licensed in most U.S. states. Your degree also will be recognized worldwide. Through classroom instruction, community service, global connections, and 600+ hours of field experience, you will be prepared for entry-level generalist social work practice or for the pursuit of a master’s degree in social work.

Assessment for Student Learning Outcomes

The program seeks to measure the effectiveness of the education for students through administration of the ten (10) core competencies as prescribed by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in accordance with the 2008 Educational Performance and Assessment Standards (EPAS). For information about our outcomes, please see the Social Work Program's Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes.

Mission Statement for Huntington University Social Work Education

The Social Work Program, a baccalaureate degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, is viewed as an important contributor to the purposes and overall mission of Huntington University. The Social Work Program prepares students for professional generalist social work practice, empowering them through a Christian liberal arts context, to be practitioners that serve those in need, behave with integrity and competence, respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person, recognize the central importance of human relationships, and act with conviction in advancing the principles of social justice and human rights.

The HU Difference

Social work students are expected to creatively address the broad range of human conditions and situations in such a way as to improve or restore the capacity of people to function well. It involves a holistic perspective that includes biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions. Social work graduates can work with individuals, families, groups, communities, or organizations in a variety of settings including health care, mental health, schools, family and children services, criminal justice, business/industry, communities, governmental agencies, churches, international service organizations, and more.

"This experience was awesome! I learned so much and I would recommend it to anyone. I learned much about the details of social work and not-for-profit organizations. I would recommend this experiential learning site a thousand times!" - Social Work Major

Get Involved!: Social Work Student Council

The student council exists to provide leadership opportunities and camaraderie among students. It’s to build a sense of community and identity by encouraging members and faculty to share ideas and experiences and offering support to one another in pursuit of present and future educational goals.

Number of graduates who have applied to grad school and been accepted with advanced standing status
Number of social work graduates who pursue employment and found employment in social work fields of practice
Number of social work grads who are employed in occupations where they receive health insurance, retirement, and paid time off
Number of hours of field experience you will log, preparing you to land a social work position or to pursue your MSW

Program Goals for Huntington University Social Work Education

The following goals have been identified for the Huntington University Social Work Program:

  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.
  4. Students who successfully complete the baccalaureate program will be qualified for admission to graduate level social work programs

(The above mission statement and programs goals were revised and approved by the Community Advisory Board for Social Work Education at Huntington University on June 16, 2011). 

Social Work education is based upon the ten (10) core competencies for Huntington University, listed below.  Competencies one (1) through nine (9) are derived from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 2015 Educational Program Assessment Standards (EPAS) which can be found on the CSWE website at   The tenth (10th) competency is added by the Social Work program at Huntington University in response to our commitment of faith integration through social work practice. 

These competencies serve as the foundation to introduce enrolled students in social work education to an awareness and understanding of the behaviors a student will have acquired by graduation.  Each social work course syllabi will include a Curriculum Matrix which outlines the Dimensions where students will acquire these specific skills, knowledge, value and processes.  

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
    1. Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NACSW Code of Ethics
    2. Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of relevant laws and regulations
    3. Make ethical decisions by utilizing models for ethical decision making
    4. Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance and oral, written and electronic communication
    5. Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situation.
    6. Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior
    7. Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes.   
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice
    1. Apply and communicate an understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experience in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. 
    2. Presents self as a learner and engages clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences.
    3. Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
    1. Apply understanding of social, economic and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and systems levels.
    2. Engage in practice that advances social, economic and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
    1. Use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research.
    2. Apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research findings.
    3. Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy and service delivery
  5. Engage in policy practice
    1. Identify social policy at the local, state and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services
    2. Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services.
    3. Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  6. Engage with individual, families, groups, organizations, and communities
    1. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies
    2. Use empathy, reflection and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
    1. Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies
    2. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies. 
    3. Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strength, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies.
    4. Separate appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
    1. Critical choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies.
    2. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies.
    3. Use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes.
    4. Negotiate, mediate and advocate with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies. 
    5. Facilitate effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-upon goals.
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
    1. Select and use appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes.
    2. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment and other multidisciplinary theoretical framework in the evaluation of outcomes.
    3. Critically analyze, monitor, and devaluate interventions and program processes and outcomes.
    4. Apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
  10. Integrate faith with practice in an ethical manner
    1. Integrate faith into practice in an ethical manner in order to show value and respect for other’s faith practices.
    2. Demonstrate an awareness of religious/non-religious beliefs that are different from one’s own. 

BSW Graduation Requirements for Social Work Education Program

  1. Student declares social work as a major for their educational four-year degree
  2. 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.
  3. Student successfully completes the senior comprehensive examination during the senior year prior to starting their senior practicum.  The examination is administered through three (3) processes; written, oral and case study.  Each process covers the ten (10) core competencies referenced above. 
  4. Students successfully complete a senior practicum during the final semester of their senior year. The senior practicum consists of 480 hours for face-to-face students and 400 hours for online students.
  5. Student submits a personal portfolio with ten sections providing evidence acquisition of the ten (10) core competencies. 

Student is awarded the Bachelor of Social Work degree upon meeting the above requirements along with the overall educational requirements of the institution.

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“My time at HU saved me; I met the best people at HU and they changed my life for the better.” - Paige Jones 

Working alongside people to offer help is exactly what McKenzie Urbina wanted to do with her life. Her passion is connecting others with resources, education, and advocates, and her career allows her to do just that.