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Social Work Program Overview

Social Work is more than just a major… It’s a career with a calling!

Are you interested in helping people and advocating for social and economic justice? Have you considered a career in Social Work? The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at King University is the path to take. 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.

AGS Social Work Program 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: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues 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). SOWK 4800: Integrative Practice is offered in a 15-week format online.
  • 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.

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

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.

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 and within the context of our core values of justice, respect, unconditional positive regard, integrity, and commitment to public service, 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, agencies, 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.

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

King University Form AS4B

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.

COMPETENCYCOMPETENCY BENCHMARKPERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK
Average75%96%
Identify as a professional social worker75% of students will demonstrate this competency100%
Apply ethical principles75% of students will demonstrate this competency96%
Apply critical thinking75% of students will demonstrate this competency96%
Engage diversity in practice75% of students will demonstrate this competency99%
Advance human rights, social justice, and economic justice75% of students will demonstrate this competency98%
Engage research-informed practice and practice-informed research 75% of students will demonstrate this competency90%
Apply human behavior knowledge75% of students will demonstrate this competency96%
Engage policy practice to advance well-being and deliver services75% of students will demonstrate this competency92%
Respond to practice contexts75% of students will demonstrate this competency96%
Practice engagement75% of students will demonstrate this competency99%
Practice assessment75% of students will demonstrate this competency99%
Practice intervention75% of students will demonstrate this competency93%
Practice evaluation75% of students will demonstrate this competency95%
King University - Social Work Testimonials
Some careers available with a BSW degree include:
Addictions CounselingInternational Social Worker
Case ManagerLegal Social Work
Child/Public WelfareMedical Social Work
Church/Parish Social Worker Mental Health Care
Community Advocate - Community Organizer/Planner Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Employee Assistance Social Worker Policy Analyst
Employment/Occupational Social Work Probation and Parole
Foster Care/Adoption SpecialistProgram Developer
Gerontological Social WorkerResearcher
Health Maintenance Social WorkerSchool Social Worker
Hospice CareVictim Advocate

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

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.


Bachelor of Social Work 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 (nblankenship@king.edu), 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.

 

Bachelor of Social Work 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