Social Work, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

A Social Work major at Lewis University is required to take courses totaling 128 semester hours in three broad categories—General Education, Social Work (core courses and electives), and General Electives. The Social Work Program has been awarded accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation.
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Program Mission Statement

The Department of Social Work at Lewis University seeks to educate generalist practice social workers who exhibit integrity and follow ethical principles. Supported by a Catholic and Lasallian heritage, social work students engage in an education that is dedicated to advancing social and economic justice and the wellbeing and quality of life of individuals, groups, families in urban and suburban communities. Social work students know and respect diversity, respond to context, think critically, understand and utilize research, and are committed to the pursuit of lifelong learning and professional development.

Program Goals

The mission and goals of the program at Lewis University are consistent with and built upon the CSWE standards and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. The program is committed to improving the well-being of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations by graduating students who are proactive in responding to the needs of others and furthering the goals of social justice.
  1. To prepare generalist social work practitioners able to provide effective social work service, which is responsive to context (including location in urban and suburban areas);

  2. To prepare graduates to serve diverse populations, advance human rights, and advocate for social and economic justice;

  3. To prepare students to conduct themselves as professionals who openly and willingly seek to improve the well-being and quality of life of individuals, groups, families, and communities and who respect the dignity and worth of each person;

  4. To prepare social work practitioners who recognize the value of human relationships and acknowledge and respect diversity, in keeping with the Catholic and Lasallian heritage of Lewis University;

  5. To prepare knowledgeable graduates, grounded in the liberal arts, who will seek life-long professional development and graduate education in social work;

  6. To prepare graduates who will apply social work ethics and embody Lasallian ideals of knowledge, wisdom, justice, fidelity and association; and

  7. To prepare graduates who think critically and understand and utilize research in practice.


  • Transfer Credit. The Admissions Office will review and the Registrar's Office will file transcripts of students transferring to Lewis University from another college or university. Students transferring from an accredited social work program must submit course descriptions and syllabi to the Chair of the Department of Social Work to determine if content from the transferred courses match content included in Lewis University courses. No credit is given for field instruction courses taken at other institutions. No core courses from unaccredited programs may be used to meet degree requirements in the major.

  • Life Experience Credit. The Department of Social Work does not grant course credit for life experience. This includes all work and volunteer experiences prior to or during the time the student is enrolled at Lewis in the Department of Social Work.

Only students who graduate from a CSWE accredited program are eligible to apply for the social work licensure in the State of Illinois. For more information on licensure, contact