Social Workers answer the call to love their neighbors by acquiring the knowledge, values and skills necessary for professional practice. Social workers serve individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, mental health settings, child welfare systems, nursing homes, hospice services, prisons and justice systems, and a multitude of other programs, organizations and settings. Social work graduates from Franciscan University learn how to live the Gospel through their professional practice, respect the dignity of each person, engage others with cultural competence and understanding and apply Catholic Social Teachings and Catholic doctrine to their work.
Becoming a confident and competent Catholic social worker is a process—one that includes field experience and classroom skills training. In addition to your coursework, you will complete internships in various settings, including medical, mental health, and faith based facilities, working with a diverse spectrum of people in need. You will learn to be confident in your training, and prepared for state licensure exams, graduate education, and a professional career.
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Franciscan University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education which means your education meets the highest standards in the field of social work education. To graduate with a bachelor of science degree in social work from Franciscan University you need to complete 54 credit hours of course work in social work which includes 400 clock hours of internship work during your senior year at various agencies throughout the area. You also complete 3 hours in sociology, 6 hours in psychology, 6 hours in natural sciences, 6 hours in philosophy and at least 12 credit hours in theology.
Your social work classes will cover topics such as: social work policies, theories of human behavior, integration of the biological, sociological and psychological variables that impact human behavior, issues of social justice, working with children and the elderly, death and dying and the institutions such family, religion, media, government and the educational systems that influence human behavior.
The social work program at Franciscan takes a holistic approach in dealing with human beings and their problems. Our program incorporates the biological, sociological, psychological and spiritual components in understanding human behavior as well as the treatment of various difficulties one may have in living life. When you graduate you will be prepared to take the state license exam where state law permits it.