Majors in Social Work

The purpose of the Baccalaureate Social Work program at ACU is to prepare graduates for service in the social work profession, for advanced study in social work and related disciplines, and for strength of Christian character and service. The ACU social work program builds on the university's goals of faith, learning and service within a world view that addresses contemporary issues, active service and personal commitment to excellence. Social work education at ACU includes the study of professional values and ethics, human diversity, principles of social and economic justice, and service to populations at risk.


Study is done in both classroom and community setting with a professional foundation in five areas:

  • human behavior and the social environment
  • social welfare policies and services
  • social work practice
  • social research
  • field practicum

The social work curriculum at ACU includes:

  • university general education requirements as outlined in the university catalog
  • courses in psychology, sociology, political science and other academic disciplines to provide a setting for the professional foundation courses
  • professional foundation courses in social work

ACU Catalog

Degree Plans and Sample Schedules

Course Descriptions


ACU's national accreditation in social work education assures the student that her/his education meets the highest standards established by the social work profession for quality education. The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (B.S.S.W.) at ACU has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (the national accrediting body for social work programs) since October, 1982. This means that the ACU social work graduate is prepared to pursue licensure as a social worker, seek immediate professional employment in a variety of human service settings, and pursue graduate study in our own M.S.S.W. program or at another school of social work.


Employment and graduate study opportunities are varied and exciting for ACU Social Work program graduates. ACU graduates work in many different states and in a variety of settings, including:

  • children and youth programs
  • corrections
  • health care
  • schools
  • mental health programs
  • family services
  • older adult programs

Many of these graduates have gone on to graduate studies, both in social work and in related fields such as law and family therapy.

Admissions Requirements

Students may declare social work as a major at any time, however the declaration of social work as a major does not ensure admission to the social work program. In addition to the requirements for all degrees (see the General Education Requirements), the student must apply for and be granted admission to the social work program before taking most upper-level courses.

The following accomplishments are required for admission:

  • Junior standing (60 credit hours).
  • Completion of School of Social Work admission form
  • Submission of an autobiographical sketch that includes the student's personal experiences, expectations, and self-evaluation relative to social work.
  • Satisfactory completion of SOCW 230, 250, and either 327 or 329.
  • Approval for admission by program faculty after an interview and consideration of criteria.

Complete information on applying for admission to the program is given to all students when they declare their major. The deadline for application is the 13th full week of the semester prior to the anticipated beginning of upper-level practice and field course work. Students are notified of the decision of the faculty by the 15th full week of the semester.


ACU ranks 3rd among the 35 Best Value Christian Colleges with a CSWE-accredited Social Work Program in 2015. Read more

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