Bachelor of Social Work

Social Work at Greenville University

The Social Work Program at GU will provide preparation in social work from a Christian perspective, and training for lives of effective and redemptive service in a culturally diverse society and world.

The Social Work Program is designed to provide foundational courses that students will take to establish their knowledge base and electives in a variety of courses that will challenge them to think critically about issues affecting diverse population groups. Special attention is given to the study of special population groups, including racial and ethnic minorities, those with disabilities, the elderly, children, and victims of oppression and injustice.

Application of knowledge is a vital component. All social work students will complete an internship where they will be challenged to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

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Hands-on experience
Gain wide exposure to the field. Observe and work with medical and penal institutions, schools, juvenile courts, or social work agencies serving children who have been abused or neglected, people with mental illness, people with disabilities, or older adults.
Career and Graduate school

This program fully equips you to pursue social work licensure and a job immediately upon graduation or to continue on to graduate school. In most graduate schools, a BSW degree allows you to complete a Master’s in Social Work program in one year.



GU’s program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Upon program completion, you can sit for licensure in social work or opt for a faster track in a social work graduate program.

Why GU


Career and graduate school. Acquire valuable experience before you graduate with a practicum in social work agencies, schools, churches, health clinics, or other human services.


Christ-centered. Let Christ’s call to serve become the foundation for your work with others. Connect your Christian values with social work values.


Personalized attention. Experience personal growth and plan your career under the guidance of faculty who know your name and cheer your success. GU’s low 11:1 student/faculty ratio and community atmosphere allow professors to invest in their students, and know your strengths and abilities in the field of social work.

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Social Work, BSW Success Story

Success Stories

Immediately coming out of high school, I knew I wanted to help people, but I didn't know how. That's what really drew me to social work. Greenville taught me to take my passion for others seriously and to do something really good with it. I'm really excited for my future.

-Gabbie Hill

Social Work, BSW Course Requirements

The social work major requires completion of 46 credits. Students completing the social work major are eligible for the bachelor of science degree. 

Field education is an integral part of the Social Work curriculum, providing you the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom and work under the supervision of a seasoned social worker. Community agencies and other work environments act as learning laboratories, giving students valuable exposure to the full range of functions, responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities today’s social workers experience.

All students must complete 400 hours of hands-on training.

All practicums and field sites must be approved by the Field Education office and you are expected to comply with the policies and procedures of the department as noted in the Field Education Manual.

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