Social Work Major
For over 100 years, social workers have provided life-changing services to millions of people, both locally and globally. By selecting social work as your major field of study, you are confirming your commitment as an advocate for social justice, relief from human suffering, and the restoration of human dignity. As a social work major at Cedar Crest, you will benefit from a strong foundation gained from classroom instruction, coursework, and dialogue guided by a faculty of licensed clinical social workers. You will also experience numerous and diverse opportunities to participate in community service programs throughout the course of your education.
Learn more about the Cedar Crest Advantage.
Career Options for Social Work Majors
Many career paths will be open to you after you earn your bachelor’s degree in social work. Some of our program’s recent graduates are currently employed as:
- Medical social workers in hospitals
- Social workers in long-term care facilities
- Psychiatric social workers in mental health settings
- Counselors in substance abuse agencies
- Counselors in family service agencies
- Employee assistance counselors in occupational settings
- Social workers in child welfare, day care, and Head Start agencies
Learn more about this field and career opportunities for social work graduates on our What Is Social Work? page.
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The major in social work consists of the following foundation courses:
- ANT 100 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
- SOC 100 Introduction to Culture and Society 3 credits
- SOC 321 The Family as a Social Institution 3 credits
- PSY 100 General Psychology 3 credits
- PSY 250 Life-Span Development 3 credits
Social work students are required to demonstrate proficiency in Math 102, College Mathematics, and take Sociology 324. Students who are not computer literate must take CIS 101. To fulfill their scientific reasoning requirement, social work students must take Biology 111, The Human Agenda: Environment, and BIO 112, The Human Agenda: Health Issues, in their first year or sophomore year. Students transferring from other programs who have completed upper level biology courses may be exempted from this requirement with the approval of the faculty.
- SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work 4 credits
- SPS 170/171 Understanding and Using APA Editorial Style for Social Work Majors 1 credit (To be taken concurrent with SWK 201.)
- SWK 202 The Social Welfare Institution 3 credits
- SWK 243 Social and Psychological Aspects of Aging 4 credits
- SWK 300 Community Organizing and Social Planning 3 credits
- SWK 303 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3 credits
- SWK 304 Child Abuse, Maltreatment & Neglect in Childhood and Adolescence 3 credits
- SOC/SWK 313 Minorities and Human Relations 3 credits
- SWK 324 Social Sciences Statistics 3 credits
- SWK 325 Social Work Research Methods and Design 4 credits
- SWK 326 Evaluating Social Work Research 4 credits
- SWK 327 Social Work Processes: Individuals, Families, Groups 4 credits
- SWK 328 Poverty and Income Redistribution 3 credits
- SWK 329 Generalist Social Work Practice 3 credits
- SWK 339 Field Education in Social Work I (Capstone Experience) 9 credits
- SWK 345 Field Education Seminar I (Capstone Experience) 3 credits
- SWK 346 Field Education Seminar II (Capstone Experience) 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 57 credits (professional courses)