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Social Work

Do you enjoy helping people through hard problems? Social workers provide voices for the voiceless and guidance for people who don’t know the next turn. Becoming a social work major will equip you with the skills needed to come alongside people in tough situations. You’ll be prepared to act in systems at all levels to help bring about peace, justice and transformation.

Why study social work at Gordon?

The Gordon Social Work Department is committed to the value and dignity of every person and to enhancing human well-being to alleviate poverty and oppression. Learning how to practice social work in the context of the Christian liberal arts will help you understand the human person holistically. During your senior practicum, you will put theory into hands-on practice by interning at a social service organization in the greater Boston area, or elsewhere in the U.S. or around the world.

What careers can I pursue with a social work major?

The social work program is fully accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education, which qualifies graduates to apply for licensure at the BSW level in all states with licensure laws. It also qualifies our graduates to apply for advanced standing in graduate programs—which means you could complete a traditional two-year master's degree program in social work in a single year, and be prepared for careers including:

  • Adoption / foster care
  • Community development
  • Mental health facilities
  • Public schools
  • Sustainable development agencies
  • Court system
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes

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“Gordon has been an integral part. The lessons I learned—not only through the academics, but also through the social scene—were key. Gordon was my building place. I was able to grow not only in my faith, but I grew intellectually, socially and emotionally. It’s been a safe haven for me.”
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As a social work major, you will complete a 400-hour practicum at an organization matched with your interests. You can also be a part of clubs on campus like the Alzheimer's Buddies, International Justice Mission chapter, Social Justice Initiative, Dialogue Club, and the Social Work Student Advisory Commission.

Global Opportunities

Expand your perspective and increase your ability to offer cross-cultural care, by studying abroad:

Related Programs

You may choose to enhance your studies by adding a second major in sociology or a minor in peace and conflict studies, gender studies or sustainable development.


For more information, contact:

Margie DeWeese-Boyd
Program Director, Department of Social Work


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