Social work’s origins lie in early 20th-century efforts to meet the needs of the poor, neglected children and exploited workers. Today’s social workers belong to a dynamic and growing profession which struggles with social problems as complex and varied as child abuse, substance abuse, homelessness, poverty and mental illness. Called to minister to “the least of these” and to work for social justice, Christians in social work are uniquely positioned to serve those marginalized by society and can be found in settings as diverse as government agencies, private industry, schools, faith-based organizations, hospitals and mental health facilities.
A minor in Social Work from Grove City College provides students with a significant background in the field through 18 course credits in social welfare policy and theory, human diversity, child welfare, gerontology and human development. Because of Social Work’s longstanding emphasis on direct practice and application, students also complete an additional three credit Social Work Practicum, an on-site experience that provides rich learning directly within a reputable social service agency.Requirements
Twenty-one credit hours, including: SOCW 209; SOCW 264; SOCW 382; SOCW 342; SOCW 372; and two courses from: SOCI 203, SOCI 209, SOCW 305, SOCI 208 and PSYC 312.
The practicum is a shorter experience that is generally completed during the student’s sophomore or junior year and consists of 140 hours. These hours can be done in one block of time (such as 3½ weeks full time) or in shorter time periods across a semester or academic year (such as 7-8 hours/week). The specific arrangement of the completion of hours is flexible and can be determined by the needs of the agency and the student. Within the practicum, the agency should provide the student with opportunities to observe social work practice with micro, mezzo and macro client systems as applicable. The agency is not expected to provide a caseload for the student, but is encouraged to provide as much hands-on experience and observation as possible within the parameters and policies of the setting.Students may also refer to the College Bulletin.