Social Work is a multi-faceted profession concerned with change on an individual, community, national, and international level. Within the framework of a liberal arts tradition, Elizabethtown's social work program prepares the student for entry into professional social work practice or graduate school. The program is based on an understanding of generalist practice, which allows the graduate to choose from a wide range of social service careers. Pennsylvania has recently passed a law allowing for social workers to be licensed with their BSW. The Department of Social Work at Elizabethtown College offers a major and a minor.
Bachelor's in Social Work
The BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and provides an extensive opportunity for field experience beginning in the first year. The major culminates with 600 hours of field instruction during the student's senior year. Field experiences are arranged to meet the student's individual interest. Field experiences include but are not limited to such areas as child welfare, corrections, mental health, rehabilitation, health care, schools, and aging.
Minor in Human Services
A human services minor is extremely useful for anyone planning to work with people in their career field. The minor, which includes 20 credit hours of classes, provides students the knowledge, values and skills to explore society's social problems and the intricate social welfare system designed to assist people in need. It also provides the student with an overview of human behavior, social problems and the development of American social welfare institutions.
Honors in the Discipline
The Department of Social Work participates in the College Honors in the Discipline Program. Social Work students who have achieved the required minimum 3.6 GPA in the major will be invited to participate during spring of their junior year.