Bachelor of Social Work | Louisiana College

Bachelor of Social Work

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 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 Social Work Program is to prepare students to function competently and effectively in a rapidly changing world through an academically challenging social work education within a nurturing Christian environment that offers an integration of faith and learning.  The program expands the College mission in advancing students toward continued learning in all aspects of life with specialized emphasis on the professional application of generalist social work practice which includes its history and purposes.  The Social Work Program prepares social work graduates who are rooted in the liberal arts, the Christian and Baptist perspectives, and the NASW Code of Ethics.  Through course work emphasizing the core social work values and ethics, critical thinking, and supervised opportunities, students are encouraged to become facilitators of progressive change within diverse populations.  Our immediate region allows for multiple opportunities for service with those experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, poverty, and substance use disorders, within a rural community context.  The program provides opportunities for working with agencies, organizations, groups, families, and individuals both locally and globally through integration of social work knowledge, values, skills and the Christian faith.

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 and substance abuse. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2018)

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

Bobbye Roberts, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work
BSW Program Director
bobbye.roberts@lacollege.edu

Maggie Bridges, LMSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work
BSW Field Education Director
maggie.bridges@lacollege.edu

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

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.

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
  • Pathways Community Behavioral Health Programs
  • J.B. Lafargue Special Education Center
  • Compassion International
  • Uganda Best Semester Program/CCCU

International Internships

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

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.

Service Projects, Activities, Community, Friendships

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 have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 with a 3.25 in social work major courses. Students are encouraged to distinguish themselves in pursuit of scholastic achievement.