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Social Work Program Overview

The year was 1931 when The Star-Spangled Banner was adopted as the national anthem of the United States. And in that same year, a woman by the name of Jane Addams would change the face of Social Work, putting it up onto an international pedestal after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her effort in establishing settlement houses for immigrants in Chicago in the early 1900s.

What started out as a class offered in New York City in the summer of 1898, has since become a worldwide recognized service to people in need …social work

Suffering and injustices over the years were acknowledged by those concerned leaders with the power to make a difference, and a number of the benefits we take for granted today are because of social workers of the past that spoke up and changed the world around them – one injustice at a time.

Social work is far more than just a major… It’s a calling! It is about helping people and advocating for social and economic reform and justice. Have you considered a career in Social Work? The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at King University is the path to take.

Change lives. Change the world. At King University, we think that Social Work is more than just a major—it's a calling. Learn more about how we prepare students to make a positive impact in their communities and in the world.

The BSW program:

  • Provides graduates with theoretical and practical skills required to work as a professional Social Worker, and includes a generalist knowledge-base that examines human behavior and complex social interactions.
  • Incorporates an extensive supervised professional fieldwork experience in relevant Social Work settings.
  • Utilizes a restorative and social justice framework, counseling and advocacy skills with a generalist approach to preparation.
  • Utilizes a trauma-informed approach.
  • Emphasizes the importance of addressing barriers that may be experienced by individuals, families, or groups.

This program is offered both on-ground and online.

Adult Undergraduate Highlights:

  • Program design enables students to complete the Social Work major in as little as 16-months
  • Each Social Work course is five weeks in length, with the exception of three courses;
    • SOWK 3410: Social Work Foundations,
    • SOWK 4800: Integrative Practice, and
    • SOWK 3840: Writing for Social Workers.
      These courses are offered in a 15-week quest-style format online with assignments due once every third week (five submission points in total).
  • This is a full degree completion program.
  • To start in the major, students must have completed a minimum of 45-semester hours. If you are transferring fewer than 45-semester hours, you will be placed in the program and can take general education courses.
Social work is a mark one is given at birth and sharpened over time with life experiences. We as Social Workers, have been operating as one way before we actually became one, with compassion, love, and resilience.
Veronica Vann-Ray
A Few BSW Career Choices
Addictions CounselingInternational Social Worker
Case Manager Legal Social Work
Child/Public WelfareMedical Social Work
Church/Parish Social WorkerMental Health Care
Community Advocate - Community Organizer/PlannerPharmaceutical Sales Representative
Employee Assistance Social WorkerPolicy Analyst
Employment/Occupational Social WorkProbation and Parole
Foster Care/Adoption SpecialistProgram Developer
Gerontological Social WorkerResearcher
Health Maintenance Social WorkerSchool Social Worker
Hospice CareVictim Advocate

Military Social Worker

Student Social Workers interested in military social work may find compelling information here.

Social Work Program Mission

Through training in generalist Social Work practice with a Christ-centered focus, the mission of the King University Social Work program is to prepare competent, trauma-informed, ethical Social Work professionals committed to altruism by advancing human well-being, human rights, social and economic justice, the dignity and worth of all people, and empowerment of those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and/or indigent. Through a rigorous course of study focused on our core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence, students are taught unconditional positive regard for all clients. The King University Social Work program prepares students to be thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible social workers in intervening with all systems; individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and governments, and facilitates the development of interpersonal and leadership skills needed to carry out our professional mission at the bachelor level of Social Work without regard to the format of the delivery.

The mission of the BSW Program is sustained through King University’s commitment to Christianity, as expressed in the Presbyterian tradition’s core emphasis of love for fellow man.

Social work is a productive outlet for me to channel my passion for helping others. Not only does social work mean that I get to make a difference in peoples' lives, it also means that I get to fight for equality, promote social change, and empower people and communities.
Heather Vines

The King University BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (Form AS-4B)

Student Social Workers, are you interested in seeking licensure?

Licensure Responsibilities

Licensing of social work practitioners is under the authority of a designated office in each individual state.  All 50 states and the District of Columbia require that a social worker sitting for a licensing exam be a graduate of a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program. Because King University’s Social Work program has earned accreditation from the CSWE, students can feel confident that the Social Work program at King University will prepare them for practice in the field of social work. While the CSWE establishes and maintains national standards for all social work programs, each state reserves the right to establish their own standards for licensure to practice within their state borders. King University cannot confirm whether the Social Work program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state.  It is the students’ responsibility to research and understand the proper licensing requirements for their respective states.  Here is a list of social work regulatory boards for each state.

Practicum Responsibilities for Online Students

  • King University operates under NC-SARA guidelines for determining physical presence in regards to Supervised Field Experiences for online students (Section 5.3).
  • If a student does not intend to sit for the licensing exam then he or she may participate in a practicum in any state or U.S. Territory except CNMI.*
  • If a student intends to sit for the licensing exam and is participating in a practicum as part of the licensing requirements in that state, there may be additional requirements from the agency responsible for licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to research and understand any additional requirements that may be in effect.

*Any student participating in a practicum in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) may need to meet additional requirements set by CNMI and it is the student’s responsibility to research and understand any additional requirements that may be in effect.

Additional Resources

BSW Program Application

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program has a separate application process from the application to King University. Applicants to the BSW program, must first be accepted to King University or currently enrolled as a King student. Prospective students may contact Ms. Natalie Blankenship (, Social Work Enrollment Counselor to submit your completed BSW application. Current King University students may apply to the BSW program via their student portal. Please contact your Student Success Specialist for more information.

Download the BSW application

This program is also offered online. View more information about the online BSW degree program.

BSW Coursework

  • To view all required Evening courses for a BSW, click here.
  • To view course descriptions, click here.

Required Comprehensive Assessment

This is a content-based exam measuring student learning and retention of the BSW subject matter.


Social Work Faculty
Jodi Helbert
School of Health and Professional Sciences
Julie Hopkins
School of Health and Professional Sciences