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Social Work

Social Work Program Mission

Preparation for ethical and effective generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organization and communities and the promotion of societal responsibility and social justice

Goals of the Social Work Program (BSW)

BSW graduates will demonstrate the competencies to successfully practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in changing social contexts.
With program completion, graduates will be prepared for graduate study and will be employable in the field of human services.

Do you want to make a difference? Become a Social Worker.

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best way possible in their environment. It can mean working directly with clients or working to improve social conditions and promote social change through advocacy.

Social work is focus on people in their environment by:
  • Understanding how clients experience a situation and what their clients can do about it
  • Work side-by-side with their clients in a strength based approach, or through direct counseling
  • Help clients identify their concerns
  • Consider effective solutions
  • Find reliable resources to resolve the issues and prevent future concerns.
Lindenwood University offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in social work that is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through February of 2021.

Students earning the degree are eligible for:
  • Advanced standing
  • Course requirement reductions in accredited graduate social work programs
  • May take the licensure examination in locations where available or required
The uniqueness of the LU Social Work Program comes in small interactive classes with individual mentoring taught by social workers with considerable practice experience. The Social Work program is designed to prepare graduates for generalist social work practice by training graduates for entry-level positions. Coursework also prepares students with the groundwork to pursue and succeed in an MSW graduate program.

Classes focus on:
  • social work values and ethics
  • social and economic justice, cultural diversity
  • critical thinking and communication skills
  • populations at risk
  • practice at the individual, group, family, organizational, and community levels
Practice skills are enhanced by active involvement in social work agencies by working directly with people in need, a 400-hour field practicum and community service projects through the Social Work Student Alliance, the campus social work student organization.

There are a variety of employment opportunities in the profession of Social Work. Graduates have become employed as:
Child abuse/neglect investigators

School social workers

Family support workers

Aging specialists

Foster care workers

Crisis intervention workers

International adoption workers

Counselors for troubled teens

Housing advocates, alcohol and drug treatment counselors

Community support workers

Early childhood home visitors

Domestic violence shelter coordinators

Probation and parole officers

Refugee services specialists

Job counselors for the developmentally disabled

This wide array of job placements demonstrates the flexibility of work settings that a degree in Social Work offers. Those graduates who have been admitted to graduate programs in Social Work report being prepared for the rigors of the MSW curriculum and expectations.

Do you want to help people change their lives? Consider Social Work at LU

For more information, Contact Dana Klar, Department Chair - or 636-949-4783

Learn more about social work at these helpful sites:
Council on Social Work Education
  1701 Duke Street, Suite 200; Alexandria, VA 22314 / (703) 683-8080
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Social Workers-Missouri Chapter
The New Social Worker

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