Christian Colleges with a Major in Social Work

May 24, 2018

Social work is a fairly common major at Christian colleges and can be found at schools in several different states. Here we discuss a few of these schools, including specifics regarding their spiritual communities, social work programs, and student populations.

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There is no shortage of Christian colleges and universities across many different states that offer bachelor's degree programs in social work. These schools not only vary in location, but in size, denomination and other characteristics. Learn more about a handful of Christian schools across the country that offer a major in social work.

School Comparison

The Christian schools highlighted in this article all offer Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) as a degree option. Most colleges that offer a major in social work are 4-year, private institutions. Compare a few of these schools' denominations, locations and tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Kuyper College 4-year, private not-for-profit Protestant Grand Rapids, MI $21,090
Kentucky Christian University 4-year, private not-for-profit Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Grayson, KY $19,256
George Fox University 4-year, private not-for-profit Friends Newberg, OR $35,016
Evangel University 4-year, private not-for-profit Assemblies of God Church Springfield, MO $22,745
Gordon College 4-year, private not-for-profit Interdenominational Wenham, MA $36,740

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of the Christian Colleges with a Major in Social Work

The Christian colleges that have a major in social work provide students with their own unique program and resources in the subject. These colleges also offer students different spiritual growth opportunities aimed to help students further develop their faith. Explore some of these schools and their programs here.

Kuyper College

Kuyper College is an undergraduate institution that had a little over 200 students in 2016, according to the NCES. The college offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program that requires a 400 hour field practicum to give students hands-on experience in different areas of interest, such as healthcare, mental health services, adolescent services, women's services and developmental disabilities. Students interested in combining their career goals in social work with their spiritual life may choose the double major option to earn a degree in social work and Bible and theology. Students can also attend chapel and worship services and/or participate in Bible studies, service trips, spiritual retreats, small groups or movie discussions to grow in their faith.

Kentucky Christian University

Kentucky Christian University's BSW program requires a 40-hour lab experience in the third year and a 420-hour practicum in the fourth year. Students can choose from a variety of fields of practice, including veterans services, aging, family services, alcohol/substance abuse, international work or domestic violence and prevention services. Graduates of the program are also eligible to apply for advanced standing to a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program to finish faster. Kentucky Christian University had about 480 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Spiritual opportunities on campus include chapel services, worship nights, dorm devotions and Faith Promise Missions Projects where students on campus help fund a global ministry project each year.

George Fox University

In 2016, George Fox University had a little over 2,700 undergraduate students, according to the NCES. Students at the university can participate in Bible studies, worship band, University Players (spiritual drama troupe), fellowship groups, service projects and chapel services to mature in their faith. The university's BSW program requires two internship experiences that total 500 hours of hands-on learning. According to the school's website, more than half of George Fox University students also take advantage of study abroad opportunities to gain additional global perspectives.

Evangel University

The NCES reported that Evangel University had close to 1,630 undergraduate students in 2016. Students in the BSW program volunteer 450 hours during their practicum in their senior year. The program also offers leadership trips, community outreach, professional development seminars and student organizations, like Phi Alpha (social work honor society) and Social Work Club. For their spiritual growth, students can participate in mission trips, children's ministries, chapel services, residence hall devotions and more.

Gordon College

Students in Gordon College's BSW program must complete a practicum during their senior year that typically requires them to work 32 hours a week at a local community organization. Students in the program are also eligible to join the Social Work Student Advisory Committee that aims to improve the program and build/strengthen relationships with professors and the department. Worship services, spiritual formation groups, local and global service projects and small groups are available for students wishing to grow in their faith. The college also observes a campus-wide DEEP FAITH week with community worship and prayer.

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