Social Work and Criminal Justice

The Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Olivet provides students with the preparation they need to be an influence for Christ in their communities, states, countries and the world. At Olivet, students learn and experience how to address issues with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and systems. They gain the knowledge they need to serve and succeed in their careers.

For Olivet students, the distinguishing difference of an education in social work or criminal justice is the integration of faith. Both programs discuss and explore how personal faith influences professional practice. The historical and traditional influence of biblical and religious principles is considered and discussed relative to service, establishment and adjudication of law, and with respect to diversity.

Areas of Study

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Recognized Excellence

Olivet’s programs follow the standards set by professional organizations for both social work and criminal justice: Council of Social Work Education (CSWE); National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). CSWE has reaffirmed the program’s accreditation through 2024.

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Practical Experience

As they gain knowledge, students have many opportunities to use what they learn and practice their skills. Each year, Olivet students invest more than 20,000 clock hours serving with various agencies. They have the opportunity to prepare and present their research projects at national conferences, such as the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW).

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Learn why Olivet’s dedication to faith and integrity have earned its rank as Illinois's number one Christian university.


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Meet the Faculty

Hillary Cole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, department chair and a professor for Olivet social work and criminal justice. She is passionate about helping social work students learn to understand and appreciate, effectively asses, and appropriately incorporate client spirituality into their every-day practice.

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