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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On Campus

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Why earn a social work degree at BVU?

  • Join student organizations like the Student Association of Social Workers and Students Against a Violent Environment
  • Attend Legislative Day for Social Workers in Des Moines to develop advocacy skills and other social work conferences that enhance knowledge and skills

Past Internships for Social Work Students

  • Cherokee Mental Health Institute
  • Buena Vista Juvenile Probation
  • Children’s Square USA

Job Placements of Social Work Graduates

  • AIDS Project of Central Iowa, program coordinator
  • School social worker
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa, behavioral health intervention social worker
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Susan loves studying social work at BVU because she gets to make a direct impact on the lives of people. As president of the Student Association of Social Workers, Susan has helped distribute shoes and cold weather gear to needy families and has traveled to places like St. Louis to volunteer in the community. This spring, Susan has an internship at the National Association of Social Work and hopes to continue doing policy work in her future social work career.

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 special education, 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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