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The social work major is no longer accepting new students. Students who started and were enrolled in the program before May 2021 will participate in a teach-out program leading to a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work. Learn more about the School of Social Work Closure here.

At a glance

Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

4 yrs


Why Study Social Work?

Everyone needs a social worker. Whether they offer counseling in hospitals, find loving homes for children, work in drug-addicted communities, or provide basic needs through disaster relief, social workers are always offering help to individuals when they need it most. Social workers intervene in the lives of those in need by counseling individuals, locating resources, facilitating groups with common needs, and promoting change within organizations and communities.  

A BSW allows you to help others in a way that is productive, professional, and ethical.

By studying at Cairn, you can…

  • learn to integrate social work theory and practice with your Christian faith to meet people’s physical, spiritual, and emotional needs
  • complete over 500 field placement hours by the time you graduate
  • gain experience working in rural, suburban, and urban contexts
  • familiarize yourself with various cultures through multicultural training and interactions with diverse faculty
  • join a robust network of alumni social workers who work in various social work fields around the world and have gone to pursue an MSW at leading graduate schools, such as UPenn and NYU
  • have enough credits to take the baccalaureate social work exam in Pennsylvania and at least 36 other states.
  • be equipped to enter your desired field of service immediately after graduation

Career Paths

  • Place children in loving homes
  • Provide safe places for those struggling with mental health
  • Help addicted individuals on the road to recovery
  • Counsel women who were recently freed from human trafficking
  • Befriend and aid the homeless populations
  • Guide students who struggle in school
  • Teach graduate-level social work
  • Create legislative change

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At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

4 yrs

Programmatic Accreditation
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

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