Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Work
Evidence-based interventions with an abused child. Helping a homeless family find resources. Empowering an elderly patient to plan his post-hospital care. Assessing and treatment planning with a teen mother. Writing a grant to expand services for a community center. These are just some of the rewarding, rich, and varied services you can perform as a social worker.
A bachelor’s degree in Social Work is your first step to becoming a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). You’ll be taught by faculty who are actively engaged in practice, volunteer work, and research in their major fields.
You’ll also get to experience fieldwork early, gaining experience from three field placements throughout your college experience in both urban and rural settings. MVNU also offers opportunities for international field practicum experience.
Coursework includes important exposure to diverse population groups such as a growing Latinx community, urban youth, and families. You may have the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one independent study with faculty, so that you can delve into the issues and areas of interest that you are most passionate about.
See the full course load of an MVNU Social Work major and get ready to dig deeper as you discover how to make helping people your profession.
Faith & learning at MVNU
As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.
MVNU offers a number of fantastic travel and study afar programs designed to broaden your perspective, introduce you to new and exciting domestic and international cultures, and enhance your resume.
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Many Social Work graduates go on to continue their education at prestigious institutions. Most of these students are able to complete an accelerated program where they obtain their Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1 year. Most MVNU Social Work students are able to pass the Licensed Social Work exam on their first attempt. MVNU Social Work graduates have built thriving careers in Nursing Homes, Foster Care Agencies, Children Services, Community Mental Health, Hospice, and more.
Explore more careers in social work.
Walk with individuals and families in need of ongoing support.
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS
Help people heal from trauma and address mental health concerns.
Advocate for innocent children in need of protection, guardianship, and more.
Help people enter into and walk through Christ-centered recovery.
Create and maintain safe spaces for those in need of temporary housing.
Lead a humanitarian or non-profit organization with wisdom and compassion.
GERIATRIC CARE SPECIALISTS
Advocate for and ensure proper care of elderly patients and community residents.
Meet the Faculty
Learn from faculty members who know how to balance theory and practical application for a relevant, empowering, Christ-centered learning experience.
Dr. Jennifer Jacobsen
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Professor Jeff Styer
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dr. Rachel Young
Assistant Professor of Social Work, Traditional Social Work Program Chair, SGPS Coordinator
Earn more field experience at MVNU
MVNU requires almost 20% more hours of field experience than the average university. It is rare for other universities to have freshman field experience, but we do because we know it’s vital in determining if social work is the right career path for you.
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