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Social Work Department

Bachelor of Social Work Program

Grounded in a Christ-Centered world-view with a liberal arts foundation, the Louisiana College 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 College 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.

Mission

The mission of the Louisiana College 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.

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.

 

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

Joseph Buzzetta, ’14

"The program’s combination of in-class lectures and community-based service projects helped to not only prepare me for graduate school, but also prepared me to make a positive difference in my clients’ lives in the field."

Program Information

  • Healthcare, Schools, Mental Health, Children & Families
  • Substance Abuse                                
  • Older Adults
  • Counseling                                         
  • State & Private Agencies
  • Private Practice                                  
  • Non-Profits
  • Faith-Based                                        
  • Community Based

During a student’s final semester, a 410-hour internship is required in a local, state, or international agency.

Examples of Agencies who have partnered with our BSW program in recent years:

  • Volunteers of America
  • Department of Children and Family Services
  • Friendship House Adult Day Services
  • Compassionate Care Hospice
  • Rapides Hospital
  • Christus St. Frances Cabrini Behavioral Health Unit
  • Christus St. Frances Cabrini School Based Health Clinics
  • Gateway Adolescent Substance Abuse
  • J.B. Lafargue Special Education Center
  • Cenla Pregnancy Center

International Internships

  • Best Semester, Uganda Africa
  • Karissa Grant, 2015 graduate

The BSW Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation since 1993.  Graduates from the BSW program are eligible to apply for advanced standing in graduate programs leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

In certain social work courses, students collaborate with local community agencies in researching a social problem, and planning and implementing a macro level change effort that aids them in putting faith into action.

Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society

Scholarship, Service, Leadership

The Phi Alpha, Epsilon Sigma Chapter is the National Honor Society for Social Work majors at Louisiana College. This honor society promotes high standards of academic excellence and welcomes BSW students who have completed at least 9 hours of social work courses and who rank in the top 35% of their class among social work majors. Students are encouraged to distinguish themselves in pursuit of scholastic achievement.

Social Work Club:

Service Projects, Activities, Community, Friendships