Social Work Major or Minor
The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) or minor in Social Work is a service-oriented degree program. Students prepare to become successful professionals in a meaningful career. Professors teach and model how to live a life of Christian service as an expression of their faith.
There are myriad career options for BSW graduates. We help students discern their specific calling as professional social workers. It can be helpful to think of careers in social work in three ways:
- Social workers can serve specific at-risk people groups. BSW graduates can work with children in foster care, survivors of human trafficking or intimate partner violence, older adults, people with disabilities, people struggling with homelessness or substance abuse, and more.
- Social workers can work in different practice locations. They can be found in hospitals, schools, residential treatment facilities, group homes, international settings, counseling offices, and more.
- Social workers are involved at different levels. They can work with people one-on-one, with groups, or with families. They can also administrate nonprofit agencies or advocate for policy change at the local, state, or national level.
Where Do Social Workers Serve?
- Foster care & adoption agencies
- Domestic violence shelters
- Nursing homes & assisted living facilities
- Residential facilities for individuals with disabilities
- Homeless shelters
- Jails & prisons
- Community counseling centers
- Substance abuse treatment centers
- Private practice*
- Immigrant & refugee resettlement agencies
- U.S. military*
*Typically requires a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree
Graduate School Success
Our graduates excel after leaving Olivet. About 98% of our alumni find employment as social workers and/or they are accepted into Master of Social Work (MSW) programs immediately after graduating. Graduate programs welcome our alumni because they are well-prepared for this next step.
What Makes Our Program Unique?