Bachelor of Social Work Program
Grounded in a Christ-Centered world-view with a liberal arts foundation, the Louisiana Christian University Baccalaureate Social Work Program seeks to prepare students for both entry-level generalist social work practice and graduate social work education. The program emphasizes a “Person in Environment” perspective to understand the totality of the human experience- social, spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. The BSW program trains students to compassionately serve, effectively lead, and competently engage in a practice that enhances human well-being and promotes social justice for vulnerable populations.
We are the only faith-based, accredited BSW program in the state, and students completing the program receive a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Students earning the BSW degree are eligible to apply to advanced standing Master of Social Work Programs, allowing them to complete the graduate degree in as little as 10 months to 18 months, depending on the program to which they apply. The social work faculty in the Louisiana Christian University BSW program are experienced, licensed professionals in the field who diligently strive to foster a rich, varied, learning environment, using numerous methods of instruction. Some of these include “practice role-plays,” field trips, community service learning projects, creative projects, hands-on learning activities, group discussions, and lectures that incorporate media and technology. Our small class sizes provide ample opportunities to engage in discussions that challenge critical thinking, promote scientific inquiry, and enhance collegiate relationship building through lasting friendships with other students.
The mission of the Louisiana Christian University Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare students within an academically challenging, Christ-centered context to become competent, compassionate, and ethical generalist social workers who facilitate effective change in their communities and across the globe.
What is Social Work?
The profession of social work offers diverse, exciting opportunities to engage in the work of “helping others” achieve their highest human potential while promoting their dignity and worth through empowerment. Using a generalist practice framework, social workers intervene at multiple levels of practice, including individual, group, family, community, and organizational; in diverse settings such as schools, hospitals, prisons, mental health, substance abuse, etc.; addressing a variety of problems. In the next several years, the profession is expected to grow rapidly in the areas of healthcare, mental health, and substance abuse. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2019)
According to CSWE EPAS (2015), generalist social work:
- Is Grounded in liberal arts and person-in-environment framework
- Uses scientific inquiry, ethical principles and critical thinking in practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels
- Engages diversity in practice and advocates for human rights and social and economic justice
- Recognizes and builds upon the strengths and resiliency of all human beings
BSW Program Goals:
1. The program will produce students who competently apply generalist social work knowledge, values, and skills as they engage as leaders in diverse communities.
2. The program will produce students who have the ability to ethically integrate Christian values with their practice, as well as the values and ethical principles of the social work profession, in a rapidly changing world.
3. The program will train students to continually seek to understand human diversity and social justice issues and to become skilled at engaging and advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations affected by these issues at the local, regional, national, and global levels.
4. The program will prepare students to become career-long learners who critically think about the populations they serve and the contemporary issues of our society, using an informed knowledge base.
LCU's Bachelor and Master of Social Work is 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’ 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.