Social Work Degree

Bachelor's Degree Program

As a social work major, help people by looking at the challenges of their lives and environment and then working to bring about change using their strengths. The social work department works with and advocates for individuals, families, and communities to bring about empowerment and change wherever it is needed.

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Student Learning Outcomes

All Council on Social Work Education accredited programs measure and report student learning outcomes. BVU's social work program data is available for review. View the assessment data

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Why should I earn a social work degree?

Be In Demand

Demand for social workers is high with employment projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Solve Problems

Specialize in helping people through direct interaction and finding resources. Social workers also bring about change through developing policy, administering programs, and researching social issues.

Build Up

A bachelor’s degree in social work is a great foundation for further master’s or doctoral work in the field.

What I Can Do With a Social Work Degree

  • Child welfare services
  • Mental health and substance abuse services
  • Working with people with disabilities
  • Criminal justice system

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Why earn a social work degree at BVU?

  • You’ll complete an internship with a social service agency your freshman or sophomore year. Through this three-week experience, you’ll likely learn what branch of social work you want to pursue upon graduation. 
  • On top of that, you’ll take part in a full-time internship in your senior year which prepares you for graduate school or the workforce.

Make An Impact

Students not only make a difference through service-based learning trips during A Week of Offsite Learning (AWOL) each year, but they also make a difference in their own community. Members of the Student Association of Social Work opened Jane’s Closet, a resource for foster parents and children, on campus. 

Internships and Jobs of Social Work Majors

  • Cherokee Mental Health Institute
  • Buena Vista Juvenile Probation
  • Children’s Square USA
  • AIDS Project of Central Iowa
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa
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Studying social work at BVU allowed Susan the opportunity to make a direct impact on the lives of people. As president of the Student Association of Social Workers, Susan helped distribute shoes and cold weather gear to needy families and has traveled to places like St. Louis to volunteer in the community. She also honed her skills as an intern at the National Association of Social Work. 

Social Work Courses

  • Major in Social Work (69 Credit Hours)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Social Work Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your  teaching English as a second language or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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Explore your future potential through our wide selection of outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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