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Social Work Major

Fuel your passion for helping others by making a career of it.

Bachelor of Arts (BSW) 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.

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This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)Board of Accreditation (BOA). Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master's social work program by the BOA indicates that it meets or exceeds standards of program quality evaluated through a peer review accreditation process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the BOA has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). Accreditation applies to all program options, which includes locations and delivery methods. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program. Review our program's accredited status in CSWE's Directory of Accredited Programs. For more information about social work accreditation, contact CSWE's Department of Social Work Accreditation.

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Department Mission Statement

The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Bachelors of Social Work Program is dedicated to equipping competent generalist social work practitioners who are culturally humble, uphold the values and ethics of the social work profession, engage in on-going scientific inquiry in order to serve all levels of need, seek to empower those they serve and promote human rights and justice at the local, national, and global level.


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.


MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.

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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.


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.


Advocate for and ensure proper care of elderly patients and community residents.

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