Social Work

Degree: B.A.

Learn to be a competent, effective social work professional through Millersville University's accredited B.A. in Social Work, the premier program in central Pennsylvania. 

Why Study This Program?

A degree in Social Work from Millersville University educates students to be competent, effective social work professionals who embrace core values of the profession, enhance human and community well-being, and promote social and economic justice through generalist social work practice. Students are afforded a learning environment that prepares them to work in an increasingly diverse society and to meet contemporary social, cultural, economic, political and global challenges.

Millersville University's Bachelor of Arts in Social Work has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1981, making it the premier social work program in central Pennsylvania. 

Students graduating with a degree in Social Work will possess knowledge, skills and values necessary to promote social justice and change in any social work practice area, including children and families, mental health, individuals with disabilities, substance abuse, disaster relief, partner violence, poverty and more. As an accredited program, graduates of this program are eligible to apply for state licensure and apply for advanced standing in accredited Master’s of Social Work graduate programs. 

What Will You Learn?

Students within this major are required to complete 16 social work courses, two social work electives, and four additional required courses. Courses for this major include Modern Social Welfare, Social Welfare Policy, Social Work Practice I and II, Social Work Writing, Human Behavior, Social Work Research and Social Work Statistics.

In addition to required courses, students are able to broaden their perspective through field placements, study abroad trips, internships, training and much more. First and foremost, students must participate in a minimum of three field experiences prior to graduation, with over 500 hours of field experience. Additionally, the School of Social Work also offers international field placements or internships in Cape Town, South Africa; London, England; or Dublin, Ireland, as well as a broad array of internships in social service agencies across south central Pennsylvania. Many other opportunities are available to students such as The Learning Institute's "Global Well-Being and Social Change" training opportunity, Legislative Advocacy Day, a departamental honors thesis and faculty/student research.