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Bachelor of Science in Social Work

About the B.S. in Social Work Degree

Get involved. Make a difference. Care for People. Light up the darkness. Change your world.

If these passions are your own, you are the type of student who will excel in the Cedarville University Department of Social Work! Our distinctly Christian, accredited social work degree will equip you to help others while displaying the love and humility of Christ, from vulnerable children and adopting families to the elderly and mentally impaired. Whatever the area you choose to focus, you will be equipped to integrate your faith in your professional life and influence the culture for Christ.

Social Work Program Highlights

Biblical — Our approach to social work is unique. We begin with a biblical, Christian foundation. You will be equipped to meet human needs through the lens of a biblical worldview. Principles from God’s Word guide discussions about public service, meeting human needs, and social justice. Theology is integrated in very practical ways with the social and cultural issues we confront every day. This careful integration is essential to developing Christian social workers who are caring, committed, and competent.

Balanced — Cedarville’s social work program provides the balanced education prized by employers and graduate schools: a strong core of required courses, electives that allow you to specialize and explore further, and two separate field experiences that bring together all elements of your academic achievements.

Accredited — The Social Work program at Cedarville University received initial accreditation from The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in June of 1998. CSWE reaffirmed the program in June 2002 and again in 2010. Graduating from an accredited program positions our students to complete graduate school in one year instead of two.

Outcomes for Social Work Majors

Your degree will prepare you for a variety of social work careers as well as graduate programs.

Our graduates have been accepted to prestigious Master of Social Work programs such as:

  • Boston College
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Pennsylvania

Due to our accreditation, our graduates receive advanced standing, allowing them to complete the M.S.W. program in about one year. Some have gone on to complete a law degree and have become legal advocates for the poor and disenfranchised.

Our graduates are employed in hospitals, domestic violence prevention centers, foster care/adoptive agencies, congregational social work in larger churches, assisted living facilities, rehab facilities, youth minister, pastorate, missionary, mental health facilities, counseling centers, higher education as social work professors, hospice services, inner-city youth programs, and refugee resettlement programs.

Our graduates are prepared for the state Licensed Social Worker (LSW) exam; last year 93 percent of our students passed the exam on the first attempt (state average is 70 percent).

We also have graduates who have served on the state of Ohio task forces dealing with sex trafficking, as well as the Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness.

  • Agape for Youth – foster/adoptive services
  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Buckeye Ranch – providing individual and family behavioral health counseling to children ages 6–17
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Choices – adoption services
  • Church congregational social work and community outreach Rock City Church, Columbus, OH
  • Council on Rural Services – Head Start programs
  • Davita Dialysis Center – medical social work
  • Dayton Veterans Administration
  • Family Violence Prevention Center
  • Forensic Interviewer, Mental Health Advocate, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus
  • Lebanon Correctional Facility
  • Miami Valley Hospital Social Services Department
  • Missionaries – Germany, So. Africa, Brazil, Philippines, inner-city Chicago ministry
  • Ohio Living – assisted living facility in Wilmington, OH
  • Open Door Ministries, Denver
  • Salvation Army sex-trafficking initiative
  • The Glen at St. Joseph’s, a residential program for low-income single mothers and their children
  • World Relief – programs for refugee resettlement and assimilation
  • Youth Pastor, Florida

Opportunities for Social Work Majors

You will complete a two-tiered internship: 150 hours during your junior year and 450 hours during your senior year. Field Experience allows the student to put into practice with real-life clients what they’ve learned in the classroom.

You can choose an international field experience for your internship. Choose from Romania, Uganda, and India.

You’ll experience social work practice courses that provide experiential opportunities:

  • Poverty simulation experience
  • Team-building exercises
  • “Hunger and homelessness awareness” event to raise money for a local social service agency
  • Serving the needy
  • Presenting an educational program on a global human rights/social justice topic open to the community and offering free continuing education credits

You will have the opportunity to take field trips to the Ohio State House for Advocacy Day and attend area conferences for professional social workers.

You can participate in two social work student organizations to enrich your academic and professional experience.

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Cedarville's Social Work program is equipping graduates to integrate their faith into their professional life and change the world for Christ.

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Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of 2016 graduates from the Department of Social Work were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

Program Faculty

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Nelson Henning, Ph.D.

Chair, Director of Social Work program

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George Huff, M.S.S.A.

Professor of Social Work

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Department of Social Work

Social Work Program Curriculum

Building on your general education and Bible minor courses, you will take core foundational social work courses, leading to practice courses that help you develop strategies for working with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

This major is offered with either a three-year or four-year completion plan.

Sample courses:
  • Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
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