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Social Work Major at Wartburg College, Waverly, IA

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!


From the Wartburg College website, 2023: “Social workers help people find ways of living more satisfying and productive lives through counseling, group work, community organizing, advocacy, and social action. An ever-expanding spectrum of human service agencies and organizations rely on the unique skills of professionally-trained social workers. Wartburg social work graduates are employed in such varied areas as child protective services, programs for older adults, substance abuse treatment, hospitals, mental health, juvenile and adult corrections, community programs serving people with disabilities, and social service program administration. Wartburg’s social work program has been fully accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education since 1976 and offers both a major in social work and a minor in social welfare.



“A Pre-professional Training Program: The curriculum is designed to help students acquire essential professional social work skills through on-campus courses and agency-based field instruction.

All faculty are experienced social workers with professional backgrounds and credentials.

Much of the curriculum is project-based, enabling students to learn by doing, with a strong emphasis on community service.


“Program Mission & Goals: The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to grant the baccalaureate-level social work degree. Grounded in the institutional mission of preparing students for lives of service and leadership as a spirited expression of their faith and learning, the Wartburg College Social Work Program develops graduates who are prepared for beginning generalist social work practice or graduate school entry at the advanced level. The program and its curriculum are based on the conviction that every person is worthy of respect and dignity and that this ideal cannot be achieved without a deep and active commitment to social justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the qualities of life for all persons, locally and globally. Ultimately, we strive to develop competent, proficient practitioners who reflect the ideals of a liberal arts education and the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession:


*Instill in students an appreciation for the community as an essential context for professional practice.


*Develop graduates with the vision, skills, and appreciation for advocacy to assume positions of professional and community leadership.


*Equip students with an appreciation for professional ethics and the skills needed to apply ethical principles consistently in everyday practice.


*Enable students to seek and skillfully use resources and research methods that enhance quality professional practice and service delivery.


*Develop students who do not merely tolerate human differences, but view diversity as a strength and vital element of social life.


Social work students complete a minimum of two field experiences, totaling 590 hours and earning 4 academic course credits.”


Wartburg is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):





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