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School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Social Work

The Anderson University Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). The program of study prepares students for entry-level professional social-service positions. Whether students are interested in working with children or adults, mental health concerns or family services, faith-based organizations or public agencies, or any of a multitude of other social concerns, they graduate with the foundational knowledge, skills, and values to pursue their calling.

The mission of AU’s social work program is to prepare competent, compassionate, and effective entry-level social workers who are ready for professional generalist practice, are committed to justice for those in need (based on Isaiah 1:17), and are equipped to be servant leaders in their world.

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Why AU?

Why choose AU for Social Work?

When students are compelled by faith and personal values to pursue a career in helping others, it’s important to find a program that integrates their motivation with the practical knowledge and skills required for effective social work practice.

Anderson University social work graduates often comment on the value of receiving supportive modeling and mentoring from professors, who not only have academic preparation and extensive social work practice but also a Christian perspective and commitment to helping students reach their potential. Pursuing knowledge beyond the textbook is important, and in the AU social work program, opportunities abound. Field trips, both locally and to inner-city Chicago, expand knowledge of social problems and strategies for alleviating them. The social work program ends with a capstone trip focused on learning, service, and reflection.

Students are exposed to a minimum of four populations in need through three mini-internships and one full semester of practicum. Many social work students further their knowledge and skills by providing leadership in AU’s Campus Ministries programs such as Advocacy and Awareness or Prison Ministry. Some find part-time employment with community social-service agencies. Senior social work students plan and present the annual AU Social Work Conference for local service providers. The agencies that host (and often hire) AU social work students describe them as mature, well-prepared, strongly committed to service, and consistently measuring above other college students they have supervised.

Program Options


Complete the 64-hour major in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Family Science.


The social work minor provides students majoring in other areas to have a secondary focus on social services. This minor helps students develop knowledge and skills for working collaboratively with professional social workers as well as diverse and/or at-risk populations.


What courses will I take?

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Personal and Community Health
  • General Psychology
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Practice with Families and Groups

View the full list of courses.


What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • Caseworker/Case Manager
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Veterans Services
  • Victim Advocate
  • Youth Services Worker

Students have the opportunity to be a part of Phi Alpha Theta XI, a Social Work Honorary Society. Students are exposed to at least four different populations in need through internships and practicum.

Our Faculty & Staff

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Dr. Lolly Bargerstock

Neal Freeman

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Amy Hartzell

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Lisa Pay

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Dr. Leroy Quashie

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Dr. Tammy Reedy-Strother

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Dr. Dulce​ Maria Scott