LBC | Social Work

Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)


86% placement since 2010; 100% placement in 2015

Study Social Work at LBC

Get a Degree That Can Change Lives

Calling all world-changers: we need you. Study social work at Lancaster Bible College and get equipped with the skills you need to help and empower the forgotten in our society.

If you have a heart for serving the least of these, social work just might be the major for you. Consider entering into a rewarding career where you can be the hands of Christ to those living in the midst of challenging circumstances. 

Recently ranked fourth in a list of the top 25 Christian colleges for a social work degree, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and taught by professional and licensed social workers, Lancaster Bible College's social work program will equip you for your future. Our students graduate ready to work in the field and prepared to continue their education at the graduate level. 

Our uniquely structured program combines Bible classes, classroom experience and work in an intensive field education experience that develops well-rounded Christian students and social workers. In fact, by the time our students graduate from the program, they will have spent over 480 hours within the community through service learning opportunities. As an added bonus, our students learn from experienced practitioners who come from diverse backgrounds, both professionally and culturally. Plus, LBC's small class sizes and our low student-to-professor ratio allow students to interact with professors and form a tight-knit learning community.

By integrating a biblical worldview into the curriculum we teach in the classroom and the way we live out our faith, students engage the head, heart and hands in preparation to serve others.

Why Study Social Work at LBC? 

  • Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation.
  • LBC’s social work program ranked fourth in a recent comparison of the top 25 Christian Colleges for a Social Work Degree on Social Work Degree Guide. Read more.
  • The program boasts an excellent job placement rate for 2016 graduates (students who obtained a job or acceptance to a graduate program of study prior to graduation) was 92 percent. The year prior, the placement rate was 100 percent. 

"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."- Matthew 25:40b

A Closer Look: Social Work

LBC | Social Work

Preparing Students for the Future

"My experience in the Counseling & Social Work department has been amazing." said Shanice Smith-Starr, a social work major at LBC, "It has been such a blessing to learn how to serve and value people from various parts of life. I am thankful that I am being fully equipped to serve others through Christ, whom is our greatest example.

Meet The Faculty

Mr. Kurt Miller

Social Work Program Director

"Each and every person has strengths, resources, and wonderful capacities which guide their narrative, despite the many adversities that exist in life. Helping students become comfortable with owning and sharing their story allows Christ to use them in a redemptive manner, joining with the stories of their clients." — Mr. Miller

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Dr. Ryan Kuehner

Chair of the Counseling & Social Work Department

"Hey, airplanes still take off in the rain" — Dr. Kuehner

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Mrs. Ling Dinse

Assistant Professor

"I believe that education must reach both the students’ head and heart. I love cultivating relationships with my students so I can understand what their passions are and what inspires them. I also place great emphasis on evidence-based social work practice in my teaching." — Mrs. Dinse

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Mrs. Mary Yager

Social Work Field Director, Assistant Professor

"By preparing students to be excellent social workers, I know that my efforts of helping others will be multiplied seven times seventy." — Mrs. Yager

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Careers and Jobs in Social Work

  • Social Work Caseworker
  • Job Placement
  • Career Counselor
  • Mental Healthcare Staff
  • Non-profit Staff
  • Adoption Agency Caseworker
  • Developmental Disabilities Caseworker

Sample Course Outline

SWK 102 - Introduction to Social Work

This course will provide the student with an overview of the field and profession of social work. It will explore the purpose, function, core values, and knowledge base unique to social work, including a survey of social work history, methods, and fields of practice. Students will develop an understanding of the social work profession with emphasis on generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The course will highlight issues of discrimination, marginalization and abuse of vulnerable populations and address how the profession advocates on behalf of these groups. Students will be challenged to develop an integrative biblical approach to the field of social work.

SWK 204 - Cultural Diversity

This course is designed to expand knowledge, awareness, and skills that will enable the social work student to interact successfully and respectfully with people of different backgrounds, viewpoints, and values. Students will be exposed to the need for a culturally sensitive perspective to social service delivery and explore intervention differences based on culture, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. They will analyze perspectives on culture, race and ethnicity as they apply to a diverse group of clients in the United States. The course will focus on people from oppressed or disadvantaged minority groups and recognize the role and influence of the majority culture on these groups. Attention will be given to recognizing the particular strengths and vulnerabilities of populations viewed as minorities. This class is designed to challenge the social work student to identify personal beliefs and biases which would prove detrimental in their work with people from groups different than their own.

SWK 206 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment

This course will examine human behavior within the context of the larger collective system of social environment. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills for generalist practice including effective assessment, intervention and prevention methods. Utilizing a systems approach, students will recognize the biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and religious elements which impact human development throughout the life cycle.

SWK 202 - Social Work Policy and Practice

This course is an overview of social policy development and evaluation. Students will be challenged to analyze policy from an agency standpoint as well as on the local and national levels. They will develop a better understanding of the legislative process as it applies to the development of social policy. In addition they will explore the process of policy formation and the influence of historical context and societal values. Special attention will be placed on activism and advocacy and the role of the Christian social worker.

SWK 207 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

This course will explore human development throughout the life-cycle, beginning with pregnancy through late adulthood. Students will acquire knowledge of life events significant to individuals at all stages of life from the bio-psychosocial perspective. Life issues significant to social work practice such as mental illness, chemical/ substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorder, poverty, elder abuse, and long term care will be addressed. Students should end the course with increased knowledge and skills for generalist practice including assessment, intervention, and preventive methods.

SWK 302 - Social Work Practice with Individuals

This first of three practice course offerings will introduce students to the generalist social work method of practice with individuals (micro practice). It will include training in the strength-based, solution-focused problem solving approach, encompassing the skills of client engagement, data-collection, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation and termination. The overall purpose of the course is to help students develop social work knowledge and skills in translating social work practice philosophy into sustainable, ethical social work in diverse situations. Students will also be exposed to practices with families and small groups (mezzo practice) in Practice II as well as practice within communities and organizations (macro practice) in Practice III. Students will participate in a junior practicum experience during this semester. The development of an integrated biblical model of social work delivery will be explored.

SWK 303 - SWK Practice II: Family & Groups

This second of three practice course offerings will introduce students to the generalist social work method of practice with families and groups (mezzo practice). It will include training in the strength-based, solution-focused problem solving approach, encompassing the skills of client engagement, data-collection, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation and termination. The overall purpose of the course is to help students develop social work knowledge and skills in translating social work practice philosophy into sustainable, ethical social work in diverse situations involving families and groups. Students will already have been exposed to practices with individuals through Practice I (micro) and will also be exposed in Practice III to practice within communities and organizations (macro practice). Students will participate in a junior practicum experience during this semester. The development of an integrated biblical model of social work delivery will be explored.

SWK 460 - Field Seminar I

This field experience is designed to give students opportunities in a social service setting. This course utilizes knowledge; methods and skills learned in previous courses and apply them through classroom activity, assignments, discussion, role-play, presentations, and field service. This is a 6-credit course that combines class time and field work. Students will attend a 3-credit T/TH class as well as spend 210 hours in the field for an additional 3 credits; totaling 6 credit hours earned for this experiential course.

SWK 460F - Internship I

This field experience is designed to give students opportunities in a social service setting. This course utilizes knowledge; methods and skills learned in previous courses and apply them through classroom activity, assignments, discussion, role-play, presentations, and field service. This is a 6-credit course that combines class time and field work. Students will attend a 3-credit T/TH class as well as spend 210 hours in the field for an additional 3 credits; totaling 6 credit hours earned for this experiential course.


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