Department of Social Work


Bachelor of Science


Social Work


Child Advocacy Studies, Family Studies, Sociology


Dr. Patricia Cruz, Chair

The Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation.

The Bachelor of Social Work program at Belhaven University 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.

What will I study?

  • Social Work History
  • Social Work Practice with families, individuals, groups, organizations and communities
  • Interviewing clients from a social work perspective
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Work Policy and Advocacy
  • Social Work Research

What settings does a Social Work degree allow you to work in?

  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health
  • Military
  • Schools
  • Legislative
  • Community Organization
  • Geriatric
  • Missions

Why choose Social Work at Belhaven University?

  • A full academic year field placement in a variety of social work settings (Perkins Center, Grace House, Sunnybrook Children’s Home, Department of Human Services are examples)
  • Personalized instruction and one-on-one interactions with professors
  • Opportunity to develop social work research skills
  • Relationships with non-profit organizations who allow students to gain experience in a variety of settings
  • International field placement through Best Semester

What can you do with a degree in Social Work?

  • Social Work Student organization
  • Social Work Honor Society, Phi Alpha
  • Serve as a representative on our Social Work Advisory Board
  • Service projects each semester
  • Volunteer opportunities, field trips
  • Required fall and spring semester internships in geriatrics, adoption, domestic violence, inner city missions, and other social work organizations
  • Attend and/or present at professional conferences

What are Belhaven University Social Work graduates doing now?

  • Graduate school
  • Law School
  • Child welfare
  • Missions
  • Seminary
  • Case managers

Belhaven’s Social Work Program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. Why is this important?

Knowing the Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education tells you that Belhaven University voluntarily holds itself to a set of quality standards and is willing to allow outside social work experts come to campus and verify Belhaven is doing what we say we are doing. Belhaven’s commitment to the accreditation process benefits you because it ensures you will be provided a quality education and allows you to sit for the social work licensing exam. Additionally, it may assist you in meeting eligibility requirements for state and federal financial aid and in pursuit of graduate education.