Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Social Work program offers a diverse set of courses aimed to increase the understanding of human behavior. Created by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this online social work degree program prepares students to assist in improving the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities while working with diverse groups of people in a variety of settings. By the end of this program, students are prepared to work in entry-level social work practice or begin graduate school.
GCU’s become a household name in online learning. With online programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level, GCU’s mission is to provide a quality education while giving students the flexibility they need to get ahead in today’s complex world. GCU’s online students have access to the same perks and resources as on-campus students including expert faculty members, generous scholarship opportunities, a state-of-the-art learning management system, online library and more.
This program adheres to the social work standards and competencies established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). However, this program is not accredited by CSWE.
What You’ll Learn in GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work
In GCU’s Bachelor of Social Work degree, students will explore how individuals respond to differing variables plays a major role in a social worker’s approach to practice. Classes equip students through developing skills in cultural competency and advocacy while allowing them to gain a deeper self-awareness.
These overall skillsets prepare students to examine human behavior in the social environment by critically analyzing biopsychosocial development from conception through late adulthood using an integrative, multidimensional perspective. Classes offer opportunities to learn, practice and reflect on skills throughout the entire intake, assessment, treatment, evaluation and termination process. The coursework is designed to help graduates make a significant impact on families and individuals.
To complete this online social work degree program, students must take a minimum of 120 credits and pass courses including:
- Human Biology and Social Work Practice
- Introduction to Social Welfare
- Methods of Research in Social Work
- Social Service Delivery Systems
- Social Work Ethics and Decision Making
This program concludes with a capstone course, in which students integrate and apply previous learning through the creation of a project to reflect their knowledge and skills. Students will take insight from their academic and field experiences to construct a final project and presentation highlighting their knowledge of assessment, application of theory, practice skills, ethics and cultural sensitivity.
Career Outlook for Social Work Graduates
Graduates of GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree are prepared to become entrylevel social workers or further their education and obtain their Master of Social Work. Graduates may go on to work in:
- Outpatient facilities
- Integrated healthcare facilities
- Private practices
- Residential facilities
- Child welfare agencies
- Community service agencies
- Policy or program development
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