School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Why Choose AU for Social Work?

Named one of the best values among Christian Colleges in 2015, 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.