Social Work

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Students in the Bachelor of Social Work program are trained in generalist social work practice, enabling them to work at the individual level, group level, and organization and community level.  

At a glance

Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

4 yrs


Why Study Social Work?

Social workers intervene in the lives of those in need by counseling individuals and locating resources, facilitating groups with common needs, and promoting change within organizations and communities.  Social workers specialize in confronting oppression and inequality.  They can be found working effectively with the unborn, children and youth and their parents, mental health and addictions, criminal justice, gerontology and end of life issues, and all challenges people face in between. They are also well suited to work in domestic and international ministries. This degree offers the professional title of licensed social worker (LSW) upon graduation.

Why Study Social Work at Cairn?

  • Cairn has a 50-year history innovating and leading in the integration of Christian faith and social work practice.  
  • Students have access to an international network of Cairn alumni who offer support and encouragement.
  • The Cairn social work full-time faculty are all doctoral level practitioners who have over 100 years of combined social work education experience.
  • Students learn from faculty who are African-American, Caucasian/European, Filipino, Jamaican, Korean, and Puerto Rican, embracing cultural differences and valuing diversity. 
  • Cairn University’s location allows for students to have a vibrant social work laboratory of learning, experiencing rural, suburban, and urban contexts.
  • The Cairn School of Social Work has a well-established reputation of excellence earning favor with employers and graduate schools who actively pursue Cairn Social Work graduates.
  • Alumni of this program have continued their education by studying at graduate schools such as the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College.

Career Paths

  • Graduate School
  • Missionaries
  • Relief Workers
  • Christian Counselors
  • Children and family workers
  • Human Resources
  • Psychotherapists

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