Social work

 

Bachelor of Arts

Those who choose a career in social work are dedicated to improving the overall quality of life of those they serve. The social work profession addresses the quality of direct and deliverable services as well as accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies.

As a skilled social worker, you must possess excellent communication skills and be an effective listener. Lourdes University’s liberal arts education broadens your knowledge of the world and various cultures allowing you to best serve your clients whose everyday life is presented with various emotional, mental and social challenges.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program directs and monitors the education and training of social work majors, providing the knowledge, values and skills necessary to engage in generalist social work practice. In teaching students to view ethnic, sexual, racial identity and differing abilities from a culturally-competent, strengths-based perspective, graduates are prepared to serve at-risk populations, advocate for human rights and social justice, engage in critical thinking, evaluate practice research and examine personal values and professional ethics. Social work majors may choose to complete a portion of their field experience abroad in the Ireland Experience.

High achieving students can choose to apply for membership as a Dean’s Scholar or Honors Program candidate.

Upon graduation, social work alumni successfully gain entrance into graduate school or begin their career with confidence. A partnership with Saint Louis University offers graduates the opportunity to pursue their Master of Social Work degree at Lourdes University.

Many students choose to strengthen their employability with a double-major in criminal justice which can provide advance standing for a Master of Social Work degree.

Learn more about the social work major and the College of Education and Human Services.

Accreditation

The Department of Social Work at Lourdes University is accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and has successfully maintained accreditation as an undergraduate social work program through CSWE since 1992.

Department of Social Work Resources

Mission Statement

The mission of the Social Work program is to educate baccalaureate social work students and to provide the knowledge, values and skills necessary to engage in generalist social work practice.  Through a liberal arts education based in the Franciscan tradition, graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Engage in critical thinking that includes examination of his/her personal values
  • Advocate for human rights and social justice
  • Commit to professional growth and development

Program Assessment and Evaluation