Department of Social Work
Major: Bachelor of Social Work
Dr. Angela Gaddis
The Bachelor of Social Work program at Belhaven is the study of the professional activity of helping individuals, families, groups, organizations, or communities at a local and global level. The goal of social work is to help these people successfully function in society. Belhaven, a Christian university, believes in having a positive social and spiritual impact on this world and prepares students to enter into the social work profession with the skill, knowledge, and experience to do so.
Belhaven’s social work degree program moves from an in-depth study of social work to a practiced application of theories and principles. The social work program actually prepares students through work experience, and as part of the program students are required to complete 400 hours of field placement before they can graduate.
Belhaven’s skilled professors integrate current social work methods with a Christian perspective, and show students why social work is a rewarding, purpose-driven career. Jobs with a social work degree can lead to positions in healthcare organizations, mental health centers, child welfare agencies, nursing homes, community centers, non-profits, schools, government agencies, youth courts, and treatment centers. The broad exposure and expertise in more than one area can also provide students with multiple career options and opportunities. This degree prepares students for entry-level social work practice, and can prepare students for several master degree programs.