Major in Social Work (B.A.)
SOW200ZIntroduction to Social Work 14
SOW250Social Welfare History3
SOW304Social Work Practice I3
SOW305Social Policy Practice4
SOW313Social Work Practice II3
SOW327GSocial Perspective, Human Worth, and Social Action 13
SOW330Social Work Field Experience I2
SOW331Social Work Field Experience II2
SOW351Methods of Applied Social Research4
SOW405Social Work Practice III4
SOW432Social Work Field Instruction I3
SOW433Social Work Field Instruction II3
SOW434Social Work Field Instruction III3
SOW499Senior Integrative Seminar3
BIO104
104D
Human Biology
and Human Biology Lab 1
4
ECO200Economics of Public Policy Analysis3
POS100American Politics and Government3
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3
PSY203Lifespan Development3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3
Major63
General Education49-50
Electives10-11
Total Credits122-124
1

This course meets a General Education requirement.

Students planning on graduate school should choose PSY230M or MAT207M to satisfy the mathematics (M) course requirement.

Application for Candidacy for the Social Work Program

Candidacy indicates intention to apply for full admission to the program the fall of a student’s junior year. To progress in the program, a student must meet the departmental and Bethel University requirements for academic progress.

  1. At the time of application for candidacy, the student must:
    1. Have second semester sophomore standing;
    2. Be enrolled in or have completed SOW200Z, with a grade of C or better;
    3. Provide a copy of unofficial transcript that documents a current GPA of 2.25 or greater;
    4. Provide summary of progress toward 50 hours experience in a community agency, school, hospital, or other social service organization;
    5. Sign the Statement of Understanding and Agreement form after thoroughly examining all listed documents, including the Code of Ethics and the Social Work Program Field and Policy Manual;
    6. Examine and agree to adhere to the Standards for Academic and Professional Performance; and
    7. Meet with instructor of SOW200Z to review and complete Standards for Academic and Professional Performance Checklist. This signed form will be placed in student candidacy file.
  2. The social work department gives written notification to the applicant concerning candidacy status.

Application for Full Admission to the Social Work Program

The following are minimum threshold requirements to be considered for admission into the social work program. Space is limited, however, and not all qualified applicants are guaranteed admission.

  1. At the time of application for full admission, the student must:
    1. Have completed SOW200Z, with a grade of C or better;
    2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 at time of admission to the program;
    3. Have his or her candidacy application accepted;
    4. Give evidence of ability to meet Standards for Academic and Professional Performance (critical thinking and decision-making, interpersonal relationship skills, professional values and ethics, communication skills, responsible conduct, professional readiness, and self-awareness.) These standards are consistent with the role and responsibilities of the social work professional (note: a criminal history may preclude one’s ability to become licensed as a social worker upon graduation);
    5. Complete an application for admission to the Social Work Program that includes the following steps:
      1. Document at least 50 hours of experience in a community agency, school, hospital, or other social service organization;

      2. Write admission narratives on five topics addressing your interest in the social work profession;

      3. Complete a self-assessment of your readiness for social work practice;

      4. Provide two letters of reference from qualified individuals to assess applicant’s aptitude to pursue social work as a profession; 

      5. Submit a resume; and

      6. Submit copy of transcript from BLink.

    6. Interview with social work faculty to discuss application and readiness to enter Social Work Program.
  2. The full-time faculty will assess the application. Written notification of decision will be given to the applicant.

Standards for Continuance and Graduation

In order to remain in the program, student must:

  1. Earn a grade of C or better in each social work course (courses with a grade of C- or lower must be repeated);
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25;
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the NASW Code of Ethics and a commitment to ethical practice in accordance with this code;
  4. Obtain an evaluation from junior-level (SOW331) field instructor and faculty liaison confirming that satisfactory progress is evident and the student is ready for senior-level field practice (SOW432, SOW433, SOW434). Application process, field expectations, and standards are detailed in the Social Work Program Field and Policy Manual;
  5. Obtain evaluations during senior-level field practicum (SOW432SOW433, SOW434) from the field instructor and the faculty liaison confirming that satisfactory progress is being made toward competent, ethical, and professional social work practice. Application process, field expectations, and standards are detailed in the Social Work Program Field and Policy Manual;
  6. Obtain a final (SOW432, SOW433, SOW434) evaluation from the field instructor and the faculty liaison confirming that the student is adequately prepared to graduate as a professional social worker. Application process, field expectations, and standards are detailed in the Social Work Program Field and Policy Manual;
  7. Maintain ongoing evidence of meeting standards of professional conduct and emotional maturity requisite for professional practice as outlined in the Standards for Academic and Professional Performance, which includes: critical thinking and decision-making, interpersonal relationship skills, professional values and ethics, communication skills, responsible conduct, professional readiness, and self-awareness; and
  8. Demonstrate continued development of professional knowledge, values, skills, ethics, and conduct expected of a generalist social work practitioner as presented throughout the Social Work Program.


Note: Students who request to resume their involvement with the Social Work Program after dropping out of the program or withdrawing from Bethel University for any reason must apply for readmission into the program. Issues that led to the decision to drop out (whether voluntary or involuntary) must be addressed prior to being readmitted to the Social Work Program. Being readmitted to Bethel University does not constitute readmission into the Social Work Program.

B.A. in Social Work 2017-2018: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology3GES160 Inquiry Seminar3POS100 American Politics and Government3
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4 SOC101 Introduction to Sociology3
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
BIO104 Human Biology3 GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3
BIO104D Human Biology Lab1  
 14 3 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SOW200Z Introduction to Social Work4THE201 Christian Theology3ECO200 Economics of Public Policy Analysis3
PSY203 Lifespan Development3 SOW250 Social Welfare History3
Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3 Mathematics (M) course 3
Second Language (S) course 4 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
  Second Language course (as necessary) 3
 14 3 13
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SOW3301 Social Work Field Experience I2Science, Technology and Society (K) course 3SOW305 Social Policy Practice4
SOW304 Social Work Practice I3 SOW3311 Social Work Field Experience II2
SOW313 Social Work Practice II3 SOW327G Social Perspective, Human Worth, and Social Action3
SOW351 Methods of Applied Social Research4 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
World cultures (U) course 3 Elective 4
 15 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SOW405 Social Work Practice III4Interim Off SOW4332 Social Work Field Instruction II3
SOW4322 Social Work Field Instruction I3 SOW4342 Social Work Field Instruction III3
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3 SOW499 Senior Integrative Seminar3
Cross Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
Elective 3 Electives 6
 13-16 0 15-18
Total Credits: 122-128
1

(SOW330 and SOW331) Social work Field Experience I, II comprise a 180 hour practicum completed throughout the 3rd year. 

2

(SOW432, SOW433, and SOW434)  Social Work Field Field Instruction I, II, III comprise a 400 hour practicum completed throughout the 4th year.

All Social Work courses must be taken in sequence.

Students planning on graduate school should choose PSY230M Introduction to Statistical Methods and Experimental Design or MAT207M Statistical Analysis to satisfy the Mathematics (M) course requirement.

BIO104 /BIO104D is a required course for Social Work. It may also meet the general education Laboratory Science requirement. 

Students are expected to meet with their financial aid counselor to determine number of required credits for each semester. 

B.A. in Social Work 2017-2018: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology3GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4POS100 American Politics and Government3
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 SOC101 Introduction to Sociology3
BIO104 Human Biology3 GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
BIO104D Human Biology Lab1 GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3  
 14 4 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SOW200Z Introduction to Social Work4Elective 4ECO200 Economics of Public Policy Analysis3
PSY203 Lifespan Development3 SOW250 Social Welfare History3
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Mathematics (M) course 3
Second Language (S) course1 4 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
  Electives 4
  Second Language course (as necessary)
 15 4 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SOW3301 Social Work Field Experience I2Science, Technology and Society (K) course 3SOW305 Social Policy Practice4
SOW304 Social Work Practice I3 SOW3311 Social Work Field Experience II2
SOW313 Social Work Practice II3 SOW327G Social Perspective, Human Worth, and Social Action3
SOW351 Methods of Applied Social Research4 Interpreting Biblical themes (J) course 3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Elective 3
 15 3 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SOW405 Social Work Practice III4Interim Off SOW4332 Social Work Field Instruction II3
SOW4322 Social Work Field Instruction I3 SOW4342 Social Work Field Instruction III3
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3 SOW499 Senior Integrative Seminar3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Cross Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 13-16 0 12-15
Total Credits: 122-128
1

(SOW330 and SOW331) Social work Field Experience I, II comprise a 180 hour practicum completed throughout the 3rd year. 

2

(SOW432SOW433, and SOW434)  Social Work Field Field Instruction I, II, III comprise a 400 hour practicum completed throughout the 4th year.

All Social Work courses must be taken in sequence.

Students planning on graduate school should choose PSY230M Introduction to Statistical Methods and Experimental Design or MAT207M Statistical Analysis to satisfy the Mathematics (M) course requirement.

BIO104 /BIO104D is a required course for Social Work. It may also meet the general education Laboratory Science requirement. 

Students are expected to meet with their financial aid counselor to determine number of required credits for each semester. 

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
  4. Cultural competence: They will become culturally aware, gaining a perspective that all cultures possess strengths and vulnerabilities, an ability to work across cultural lines and an appreciation that diverse teams are stronger teams.
  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
  7. Intellectual virtues: They will develop virtues such as critical thinking, respect for data, intellectual humility, and thirst for learning, combined with the skill to interpret and teach the Bible accurately.
  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
  9. Godly character: They will become virtuous people—individuals who love others, speak truth, live humbly, sacrifice their own interests, live justly, express joy and show compassion.

What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

Click here for more information on the Ministry Scholars program at Bethel University

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