2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Work Major (BSW)

Degree: Bachelor of Social Work

Majors: Social Work, Biblical Studies

Major Mission: The Social Work program exists to equip students to serve society and the church through generalist social work practice and lay the foundation for graduate studies in the field of social work within the context of a biblical worldview.

Major Outcomes - Students will:

  1. Critically evaluate theories and methods for use in direct service.
  2. Analyze issues of diversity, discrimination, and societal justice as they apply to various socioeconomic and cultural groups.
  3. Synthesize learning in direct practice.
  4. Appropriately apply ethical principles to direct service.
  5. Integrate and evaluate scientific research and literature to professional work.
  6. Acquire knowledge and ability to assess clients on a micro, mezzo, and macro level to establish appropriate treatment goals and methodology.

Social Work Program Description:

The Social Work Program prepares students to engage in contexts within the broader society in human services as well as in a faith-based context. The students are exposed to a person-in-environment approach to understanding human behavior. This approach drives students to synthesize human well-being at each point along the continuum of the helping relationship. The students are taught to use a strengths based approach in practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The students in the Social Work Program will be exposed to diversity issues in Social Work woven throughout the curriculum. Valuing human diversity sets the framework for practice within the social work context. The knowledge that the students receive is developed through their research of human behavior. This scientific and methodical approach to understanding the complexities of the human experience is built in an intentional way through the use of the generalist social work approach imbedded in the core Social Work courses. Understanding poverty from a context which intersects with faith challenges student's understanding and broadens the reality of the human condition, encouraging students to speak up for human rights in a practice context. Careful attention is given to expose students to opportunities in which rich dialogue exists to enhance their worldview.

Social Work Program Purposes:

The purpose of the Social Work profession is to promote human and community well-being. Guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work's purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons. In order to achieve this mission, the Social Work Program integrates the purposes and values of the Social Work profession with a biblical worldview which is the program's context.

The following goals have been identified specific to the Social Work Program:

Goal 1: Prepare students for generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

Goal 2: Develop student understanding of policy and practice, with an emphasis on advocacy which advances human rights

Goal 3: Prepare students for culturally relevant and competent practice with diverse populations, valuing human relationships in every context

Goal 4: Recognize the value of self-awareness opportunities in the classroom, in the community and other interpersonal relationships, instilling in the students a desire to value human relationships in every context

Goal 5: Prepare students to engage in lifelong learning and professional development through research informed practice and practice informed research

Goal 6: Interpret social work knowledge, values and skills through a biblical worldview

Social Work Program Requirements:

The Social Work Program is organized in a linear fashion in line with the development of core foundational knowledge for the student progressing to practice courses. During the first two years, the students will complete the 5 foundational courses (Introduction to Social Work, Cultural Diversity, Social Work Policy, Human Behavior and the Social Environments I and II) which serve as one of the requirements to gain entrance into the Social Work Program. Beginning the junior year, students enter the Practice Courses which include the Junior Practicum and Senior Field Seminar and Internship courses.

Students enter their studies within the Social Work Program as an "intent to major" student through their sophomore year of study. Students apply for formal admission to the Social Work Program during their sophomore year. Once admitted, they are then invited to begin their practice concentration. During the student's junior year of study, they plan for their Field Internship. Social Work faculty assist the students arrange for the full-year, 420 hour Internship within the community.

Educational Level of the Social Work Program:

The Social Work Program of Lancaster Bible College received initial accreditation through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in February, 2016.

Social Work Major Curriculum

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

LBC 101Engaging Faith & Life

3

THE 105Prelude to Biblical & Theological Studies

3

LAN 101College Composition and Research

3

LAN 104Public Speaking

3

SWK 102Introduction to Social Work

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Spring Semester

BIB 106Interpreting the Bible

3

LAN 280Selected Topics in Language Arts

3

PHE ____PHE Elective

1

POL 202Intro. to American Government

3

SOC 101General Psychology

3

SWK 204/HUM 204Cultural Diversity

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

CSV 201Christian Service I

0

BIB 103Creation & Covenants: OT I

3

PHE ____PHE Elective

1

____ ____Arts & Sciences Elective

3

SCI 101General Biology

3

SCI 101LGeneral Biology Lab

1

SOC 203Principles of Sociology

3

SWK 206Human Behavior & the Social Environment I

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Spring Semester

CSV 202Christian Service II

0

BIB 104Israel's Life & Literature: OT II

3

THE 223Christian Narrative I: Creation & Fall

3

MAT 216Statistics for the Social Sciences

3

THE 202Christian Political Engagement

3

SWK 202Social Work Policy & Practice

3

SWK ____SWK Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Junior Year

Fall Semester

BIB 203Life of Christ: NT I

3

____ ____Bible/Theology Focused Elective (BIB, BOT, BNT, THE)

3

THE 224Christian Narrative II: Redemption

3

SWK ____SWK/Program Elective

3

SWK 307

SWK 302SWK Practice I: Individuals

3

SWK 360Social Work Practicum I

0

Total Credit Hours:18

SWK 302: Junior Practicum - 30 hours

SWK 360: 30 hours

Spring Semester

BIB 204Early Church: NT II

3

BOT ____Bible Old Testament Exegetical Elective

3

____ ____Arts & Sciences Elective

3

HIS ____HIS Core (100/200 Level)

3

SWK ____SWK/Program Elective

3

SWK 303SWK Practice II: Family & Groups

3

SWK 361Social Work Practicum II

0

Total Credit Hours:18

SWK 303: Junior Practicum II - 30 hours

SWK 361: 30 hours

Senior Year

Fall Semester

BNT ____ Bible New Testament Exegetical Elective

3

SWK 400Cross-cultural Experience

0

SWK 401

SWK 410

SWK 460Field Seminar I

3

SWK 460FSWK Internship I

3

Total Credit Hours:15

SWK 460F: 210 hours

Spring Semester

THE 320

____ ____Bible/Theology Focused Elective (BIB, BOT, BNT, THE)

3

____ ____Arts & Sciences Elective (400 Level)

3

SWK 461Field Seminar II

3

SWK 461FSWK Internship II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

SWK 461F: 210 hours

Notes:

Social Work Electives:

SWK 212Social Work and Child Welfare

3

SWK 213Social Work & Addictions

3

SWK 214Social Work and Human Trafficking

3

SWK 216Social Work with Older Adults

3

SWK 218Social Work and Disabilities Studies

3

SWK 220Trauma Informed Care for the Helping Professions

3

SWK 222

SWK 320Social Work and Mental Health

3