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Social Work Department

Integrate your love for people and your passion for positive change through rigorous academics, practical application and a firm commitment to love like Jesus loves.

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Integrate your love for people and your passion for positive change through rigorous academics, practical application, and a firm commitment to love like Jesus loves.

Social Work is primarily the application of theory, knowledge, and skills in working with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, communities, and public policy to enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating favorable societal conditions.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work prepares students for careers in areas such as gerontology, child welfare, juvenile delinquency, school social work, social services administration, community development, policy, counseling, and case management, among others. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Social work is an exciting, rewarding, and growing profession that is in high demand, as students are equipped with the knowledge, values, and skills with which to work with a variety of issues. With contemporary social issues such as child abuse, homelessness, racism, discrimination, AIDS, poverty, aging, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, violence against women, and juvenile delinquency, there has never been a more important need for social workers.

The Social Work curriculum, including two practical experiences in real-world professional settings, equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values to work with all people in a variety of social work and human services professions. Students explore human growth and development, research, counseling, ethics, and problem-solving and develop skills to serve individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, racial and gender-related minorities, and the aging. Asbury University graduates of the Social Work Program are demonstrating their unconditional love for everyone by serving in their local communities and working among the “marginalized” in society throughout the world.

Asbury Social Work students have opportunities to participate in international practicum semester in Uganda or Romania. Additional study abroad opportunities include a Human Dignity Holocaust-themed travel course to Germany and Poland; Paris semester; Spain semester; and others found HERE. Students interested in studying abroad should talk with their faculty academic advisor as early as possible in order to fit it into their academic plan.

Social work majors have enhanced their scope of practice by double majoring in Political Science, Intercultural Studies, Business Economics, Adventure Leadership, Equine, and other disciplines.

Students earning a B.A. in Social Work from Asbury’s Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program have an opportunity to receive advanced standing into one year Master of Social Work programs at many CSWE accredited universities.

For more information on the BSW program, email Sarah Bellew.


Asbury University Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact

Bachelor of Social Work Program Evaluation Results

View the current accreditation evaluation results below:

4.0.3: The program uses Form AS 4(B) and/or Form AS 4(M) to report its most recent assessment outcomes for each program option to constituents and the public on its website and routinely updates (minimally every 2 years) its findings.

Asbury University Baccalaureate Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Last Completed on May 5, 2018


Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80% 97%
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 80% 97%
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 80% 98%
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 80% 84%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% 95%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 90%
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 93%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 98%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 91%

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