Our curriculum is firmly based on a liberal arts foundation. Social workers need a broad base of knowledge. We encourage our students to explore many areas in their general education. The Social Work Program curriculum focuses in four areas: social policy and its effects on client systems and social work; research to guide practice; human behavior in the social environment and social work practice. The curriculum is capped by field experience. You will spend your last semester doing social work in an agency. The requirements for a social work degree document (put in link) lists the specific courses required for a degree in social work.
You will be assigned a social work advisor, who will help you plan your courses to allow you to graduate in a timely manner. Your advisor will also help you explore career options.
All social work courses are taught by professional social workers with several years of experience in the field. Our faculty have worked with children and families, adults and social change. The requirements for our major also include selected sociology and psychology courses. For those who are interested, a second major in another field may also be possible along with the social work major.
Our courses prepare students for beginning level social work in case management and provide a strong base for advanced study in social work and other human service fields.
There are a variety of student activities and organizations available at Bradley, including a student social service association (B.U.S.S.) and several honor societies. These provide opportunities to meet other students, pursue special interests, and participate in service projects.