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The Southern Adventist University social work program offers students a Bachelor of Social Work degree (a major in social work) as professional preparation for social work employment. On the undergraduate level, social work prepares students for beginning professional social work practice. Based on a broad liberal arts foundation, the social work major is a combination of academic and experiential courses leading to the bachelor's degree in social work, BSW.

Students are involved in field opportunities as early as sophomore year. For more information regarding field opportunities click here. There are many out-of-class educational experiences, such as the European Study Tour, African Study Tour, New York Study Tour, and Social Work Issues and Policies trip to Washington D.C. Students involved in these experiences may be eligible to receive course credit. For more information regarding study tour opportunities, click here.

The bachelor of social work program in Southern’s School of Social Work went through the process of Reaffirmation of Accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education in 2009.  The program was granted reaffirmation with the full eight-year cycle.  The site visit report can be viewed here. 

To view the BSW Student Handbook click here.

To view the BSW Portfolio Capstone Manual, click here.

For general inquiries or questions about the BSW program please contact us at bsw@southern.edu

 

 

 
Admission into the BSW program consists of three steps:
  1. Application to Southern Adventist University
  2. Meet with your adviser for guidance on the courses to register for
  3. Complete the requirement for admission to full social work status after the second year of studies


Admission to Southern Adventist University does not automatically enroll the student in the social work program. During the second semester of the sophomore year the student must file a formal application to the social work program. Once you have been accepted by Southern Adventist University, you may access the BSW program application by Clicking Here.

 
Minimum requirements for admission to the program and upper-division courses are:
  1. Acceptance to Southern Adventist University.
  2. Completion of application form plus submission of three references and an autobiographical statement. 
  3. Submission of a current Program Evaluation (degree audit).
  4. Having an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher.
  5. Having completed (with a grade of C or higher) SOCW 211: Introduction to Social Work, SOCW 212: Social Welfare as an Institution, and SOCW 213: Interviewing Skills. Having completed cognate courses BIOL 103: Principles of Biology, PSYC 122: General Psychology, and SOCI 125: Introduction to Sociology. Exceptions may be made for persons who do not meet introductory course and cognate requirements if they are strong candidates on the basis of other criteria.

  6. Participation in social work sponsored activities (convocations, vespers, community service activities).
  7. Have demonstrated mental and moral fitness and ethical behavior as outlined by the National Association of Social Workers. Further references may be required regarding character, attitude, and coping ability.
  8. Students whose native language is not English must achieve at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  9. Completion of a successful interview with the Admission and Progressions Committee.
     
 
Transfer students:

Students wishing to transfer to the Southern Adventist University social work program from another college or university must follow the same application procedure as other students. Transfer social work majors will have their transcripts evaluated by their assigned adviser in the social work program as well as by the director of Records and Advisement. Credit will be granted for courses that are comparable to Southern Adventist University courses and for which the student has earned a "C" grade or higher.

 

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