Information on the Social Work Program
For an in-depth look at the expectations and competencies covered within the Gordon College Social Work Program, please take a look at the 2016–2017 Social Work Handbook.
For current Gordon College students who would like to join the Gordon College Social Work program, please complete the program application and submit to the Program Director.
SWK Program Application (PDF)
Provisional declaration to the major may be made at the time of application or enrollment to Gordon College. However, specific admission requirements must be met before a student may move from provisional status to formal acceptance as a social work major, including submission of the social work major application form. Admission to and continuance in the social work program is subject to an ongoing evaluation of the fit between the student, the program and the social work profession. Self-evaluation and self-selection are encouraged through both the advising process and program requirements. An overall GPA of at least 2.25 is required for admission to the social work program. Upon admission into the program, an overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained to continue in the program. For further information, contact the Social Work Department.
The social work degree program consists of two parts: social work major courses and Core Curriculum specifications. See specifications below. Previous volunteer or paid employment cannot be substituted for the Gordon practicum experience.
In addition to fulfilling the other Core Curriculum requirements laid out by the College, social work majors must take NSM 220 Human Biology, Health and Disease or BIO 222 - Environmental Science (by permission), and a 100-level sociology course.
Social work majors are encouraged to complete a double major in sociology. This is easily facilitated by the requirement of only 16 additional credits beyond those already required for the social work major. Additional courses required for the sociology double major are: