Department Profile

Mission Statement

By learning about the needs of diverse communities, broadening perspectives about social justice, and staying rooted in the belief that all people are image bearers of God, the Dordt College social work program aims to equip students for professional practice and for lives of service in the contexts to which they are called.

Program Strengths

Students identify the following as strengths of the Dordt College social work program:

The Dordt College social work program has a strong reputation for preparing students well for work as professional social workers. Field supervisors identify the following as strengths of Dordt College social work students:

Learning Objectives

The bachelor of social work major at Dordt College will be prepare you to

  1. identify as a professional social worker and conduct yourself accordingly.
  2. apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. develop practice skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
  11. articulate and understand a Reformed Christian response to social work and social welfare.