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Social Work

THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK
The mission of the Gordon College Social Work Program is the education of men and women for entry level, generalist practice in social work within the context of a Christian liberal arts institution. The program maintains a commitment to the value and dignity of every person and the mandate to enhance human well-being and to alleviate poverty and oppression. Graduates are prepared to act in systems at all levels to help bring about peace, justice, and transformation.

COURSE OF STUDY
The curriculum seeks to:

  • Emphasize the Christian liberal arts foundation and perspective.
  • Provide an introductory course that builds upon the Christian liberal arts foundation and gives a theoretical base for social work skills, as well as a framework for understanding social justice and social responsibility.  
  • Provide intermediate courses which build upon and extend the introductory-level concepts and theories into the following areas: human behavior and the social environment; social policy and political institutions; diversity; research methods and skills; and work with individuals, family, groups, organizations and communities.
  • Provide advanced courses and supervised field practicum that serve to both integrate and contextualize prior coursework, consequently preparing graduates to practice social work at the beginning level, and/or pursue graduate studies.

COMPREHENSIVE INTERNSHIPS
The senior practicum (SW425/426) provides the opportunity for students to increase their understanding of social work practice by interning at a social service agency. This practicum requires the student to serve a minimum of 400 hours at an agency, completed over the course of one academic semester. Students may complete the senior practicum in a variety of settings. A practicum seminar (SW420) is taken concurrently with the practicum. 

ACCREDITATION & LICENSURE
The social work program is fully accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education, qualifying graduates to apply for licensure at the BSW level in all states with licensure laws, and to apply for advanced standing in graduate programs. In many cases, this enables graduates to complete a traditional two-year master's program in social work in a single year.

WHERE GRADS GO
Our students prepare for graduate and professional programs and for the workplace. Graduates have been placed in many areas that make use of their acquired skills that include, but are not limited to:

  • Adoption / foster care
  • Community development
  • Community organizing
  • Court systems
  • Drug and alcohol programs
  • Facilities for persons with mental illness
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Juvenile detention centers
  • Labor organizations
  • Nursing homes
  • Policy advocacy
  • Public schools
  • Social services
  • Sustainable development agencies

CONTACT INFORMATION
James Trent, Program Director
Department of Social Work
Gordon College
Wenham, MA 01984 USA

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Events Calendar

10.20.2014
GOD, GLOBALIZATION, AND THE GOOD SOCIETY IN ASIA TODAY

10.20.2014
CHAPEL: REV. JOHN SOMMERVILLE

10.22.2014
CHAPEL: NANCY ORTBERG

10.23.2014
INAUGURAL MALCOLM REID LECTURE: OLIVER O'DONOVAN

10.24.2014
ARABELLA STRING QUARTET
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10.27.2014
CHAPEL: REV. TOM HAUGEN

10.29.2014
EVENING CHAPEL

10.31.2014
STUDENT LIFE CONVOCATION

11.02.2014
GORDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT
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11.05.2014
CHAPEL: REV. STEPHAN BAUMAN

11.05.2014
HERRMANN LECTURES - NOV 5: THE LION ROARS: CREATION AND BIOLOGY

11.06.2014
HERRMANN LECTURES: THE FARMER SOWS: BIOLOGY, RANDOMNESS AND PURPOSE

11.07.2014
HERRMANN LECTURES - NOV 7: THE CREATION GROANS: BIOLOGY AND THE PROBLEM OF SUFFERING

11.07.2014
BOBBY THORP, TRUMPET, DON LUCAS, TROMBONE AND HARAM KIM, PIANO
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11.08.2014
TENTH AVENUE NORTH CONCERT AT GORDON COLLEGE

11.13.2014
ELEANOR STUMP SPEAKING AT GORDON COLLEGE

11.16.2014
COMMUNITY OF SONG

11.20.2014
FALL CONCERT: JAZZ ENSEMBLE
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11.21.2014
CONVOCATION: KAYE COLE JAMES

12.01.2014
REDEDICATION OF THE GREGORY AUDITORIUM WITH DR. ERIC GREGORY

12.02.2014
PETER BERGER SPEAKING, THE CHALLENGE OF RELIGIOUS PLURALISM

12.05.2014
CONVOCATION: VICTOR BOUTROS

12.05.2014
CHRISTMAS GALA
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12.06.2014
CHRISTMAS GALA
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12.13.2014
CEC PRESENT WINTER BALL

01.16.2015
SUSAN KIM, VIOLIN, JESSICA MODAFF, PIANO AND COURTNEY HUFFMAN, SOPRANO
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02.06.2015
ALINA POLYAKOV, PIANO, IS JOINED BY 3 MEMBERS OF THE BOSTON SYMPHONY
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02.20.2015
ROBERT BLOCKER, PIANO
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02.26.2015
SINDISO MNISI WEEKS | THE ANNUAL FRANZ LECTURE

02.28.2015
WINTER CONCERT: WIND ENSEMBLE
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03.28.2015
SARITA KWOK, VIOLIN, WEI-YI YANG, PIANO
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04.24.2015
KATHERINE WHYTE, SOPRANO WITH JAMIE HILLMAN, PIANO
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04.26.2015
SPRING CONCERT: GORDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

05.02.2015
VOICES OF SPRING

05.03.2015
SPRING POPS CONCERT


Downloads

Social Work Program Student Handbook (PDF)
Social Work Program Student Handbook 2013-2014

Social Work Program Application (PDF)
Application to the Social Work program

Social Work Field Application (PDF)
Application for the Social Work field practicum

Pulling Off the Mask: Social Networking Study (PDF)
A study by Bryan Auday, Ph.D. and Sybil Coleman, M.S.W., M.Ed.

Social Work Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)
Social Work Student Learning Outcomes

SWSAC Newsletter 2014 (PDF)
Social Work Student Advisory Committee Newsletter