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If you share the belief that one person can make a difference, we see you learning to put your compassion into action in the social work program at Cedar Crest College.

Our interconnected world is faced with poverty, oppression, and discrimination that need to be countered by compassionate, dedicated, and educated professionals. There is a critical need for people like you who are dedicated to community service and bringing about social change.

Throughout your education, you will experience a wide range of valuable real-world experiences at local organizations including a homeless shelter, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, adoption agencies, mental health, foster care, child and adolescent behavioral health centers, and a full-year senior-level field education experience—all of which makes you an ideal candidate for both graduate schools and a wide variety of professional positions.

The Cedar Crest College Advantage:


Our social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is one of the oldest accredited B.S.W. programs in the nation. Students who complete the social work major here will be prepared to begin entry into a social work practice and are usually able to apply several of their undergraduate credits toward a graduate degree in social work.

Experienced faculty

All of our professors are licensed social workers with relevant professional experience. Our faculty members closely monitor each student’s academic progress and participation in various field experiences.

Valuable field experiences

Our program is highly regarded by the social services community in the Lehigh Valley. As a senior, you will work with a faculty mentor to select a local agency where you will participate in a field experience for one full year. This experience frequently results in students receiving job offers before graduation.

Opportunities to specialize

As a social work major, you may dual-major in another field such as psychology or criminal justice. Or you may pursue an add-on certificate in child welfare. These options enable you to explore a specialty during your bachelor’s studies to better prepare you for graduate school and/or future employment.

Mission Statement

The Social Work Program at Cedar Crest College is dedicated to the provision of the highest quality educational preparation of students for entry into beginning generalist social work practice that maximizes the welfare of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in local, national, and global settings. Consistent with the mission of the College, the Social Work Program seeks to provide students with a professional education grounded in a liberal arts perspective with a particular focus on the holistic development of students to engage effectively as leaders in a global community. The Social Work Program is philosophically guided by a generalist approach that is informed by the person-in-environment framework as well as the knowledge, skills, values, the ethical principles of the profession grounded in scientific inquiry as well as by the CSWE core competencies and related behaviors.  The Social Work Program is also devoted to preparing professionals who have a lifetime commitment to service that values diversity, upholds human rights, advocates for social, economic, and environmental justice, and advances the quality of life for all people.

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Course Requirements

The major in social work consists of the following foundation courses:

ANT 101 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 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
PSY 210 Lifespan Development 3 credits

Additional Requirements

Social work students are required to demonstrate proficiency in Math 102, College Mathematics, and Math 110, Probability and Statistics.  To fulfill their natural science requirement, social work students must take (as one of the two required natural science courses) BIO 112, The Human Agenda: Health Issues, in their freshman 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.

Plus the following required professional courses:

SWK 171 Using APA Editorial for Social Work Majors 1 credit
SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
SWK 202 The Social Welfare Institution 4 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
SOC/SWK 313 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice 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 4 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

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The Cedar Crest College social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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