Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work

If you are looking for the best, Christ-centered learning environment to pursue a career in Social Work, look no further! At SAGU, pursuing a Christian social work degree through our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program will give you valuable knowledge for the ethical integration of the Christian faith in promoting social justice. With a commitment to advocacy and empowerment through prevention, intervention and evidence-based practices, a BSW degree will jumpstart you to bring relief to marginalized and vulnerable populations such as children and adolescents, persons with disabilities, homeless persons, veterans, and others.

Get ready to be equipped academically, professionally, and spiritually to make a valuable and lasting impact in the world!

Why Major in Social Work at SAGU?

Real-World Experience and Resources

SAGU’s BSW program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and is part of the University’s overall academic program accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. BSW programs with CSWE accreditation offer students a strong academic foundation for entry-level social work positions as well as admission to graduate social work (MSW) programs with advanced standing (completed in half the time).

As a BSW major, you will acquire knowledge in generalist social work and related disciplines like research methods, policy analysis, human behavior theories, clinical skills assessment, and diagnostic techniques. Our curriculum is broad in scope including: research-informed practice; theory; values and ethics; the history, purpose, and philosophy of the profession; and a practical understanding of practice settings, social institutions, contexts, and clients.

You will also gain hands-on experience through internships, clinical work, and community service opportunities with local organizations. The success of our graduates speaks for itself – 100% of our graduating classes since 2021 are employed in social work (or related field) or pursuing a Master’s of Social Work.

The SAGU Difference

At SAGU, you will receive personalized mentorship from professors to help guide you in your coursework and professional development. You’ll be a part of a Spirit-filled community where worship is a lifestyle and the Bible is the core foundation of all learning. Here, you will be able to access the resources you need to grow your faith and build your leadership skills while being encouraged by faculty, staff, and your peers as you follow God’s calling in your life.

Affordability & Value

We believe students should focus on their futures, not their finances. That’s why we strive to offer affordable tuition along with generous financial aid packages. In fact, 90% of our students receive financial aid. If you need information on available grants and scholarships, our financial aid counselors are here to guide you every step of the way.

Exemplary Online Program

As an online student, you can take SAGU’s bachelor’s degree in Social Work and get the same rigorous, biblically-based education in a flexible format that works for you. Our faculty are experts in online learning, and they’ll ensure you stay on track to graduate. Network with classmates from across the country as part of our online community, and access helpful online resources from SAGU.

Our online program also allows you to graduate more quickly. In 2020, we were ranked by as having one of the fastest online bachelor’s degrees in the nation. We offer the option of two seven-week sessions within a traditional semester. You can also take online courses in the summer so you can progress towards degree completion throughout the entire year.

Learn more about SAGU’s online degree options

What You’ll Learn in the Social Work Degree Program

In the social work degree program, you’ll learn how to offer professional, compassionate care to those in need and make a positive impact in the world.

General Education Studies

You’ll complete 51 hours of general education studies, which will include 18 hours of Biblical studies, for a well-rounded college education. These courses will give you the speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills you need to communicate and solve problems in your future vocation.

Major Studies

Develop your educational and leadership skills with your coursework as a social work major. Major studies (48 hours) will include classes such as:

  • Cultural Issues in the Helping Professions
  • Church and Community Social Work
  • Behavioral Science Research
  • International Social Work
  • Forensic Social Work
View the SAGU Catalog for course descriptions

Online access: SAGU offers this degree 100% online for adults 22 or older. Earn your degree in the comfort of your favorite study spot.

New Reduced Tuition for SAGU Online Beginning Fall 2021, SAGU is dropping online tuition from $499 to $399 per credit hour. That is a value of up to $10,000 on a 4-year degree.

This online degree is available to SAGU American Indian College students at a special tuition price. SAGU AIC students pay only $575 $399 per hour, but experience the same flexibility of online learning.


Careers and Outcomes for Social Work Graduates

Employment of social workers is projected to grow nine percent by 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services, but will vary by specialty. A degree in social work prepares you for careers as a(n):

  • Child and Family Social Worker
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Public Policy Social Worker
  • Research Social Worker
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • School Social Worker
  • Social and Community Service Manager

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Strengthen Your Faith and Biblical Knowledge through SAGU’s Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.

Learn how to demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in social work knowledge and practice as well as advancement of human rights with a strong, biblical foundation at SAGU. Request more information to learn more about our program and how to apply.

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National average salary for social workers: $50,390

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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