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Social Work


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Social Work

Graduate from Mount Mercy with an accredited baccalaureate social work degree.

Change lives and aid your community

You already have the most important characteristic needed to be an effective social worker: compassion for others. Let Mount Mercy help develop that virtue and passion into a career that will make a difference in your community.

Through highly refined courses taught by experienced faculty and a variety of field instruction with local social service agencies, Mount Mercy’s social work major will develop your awareness of the biological, psychological and social influences that affect human behavior. 

The Social Work major is designed to give students an understanding of how people function in contemporary society, the challenges and problems the encounter, and the social services available to them. The program strives to develop in the students an awareness of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social influences on human behavior within the social and physical environment; an understanding of the impact of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression on vulnerable groups within the society; an appreciation of and dedication to working for social, political, and economic justice; the ability to determine areas of social work concern and responsibility; and competence in entry level generalist social work practice, with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

This content in social welfare and social work is integrated with a liberal arts base. The primary objective of the program is to prepare students for immediate employment in social work; a secondary objective is preparation for graduate study.


Networking opportunities matter.

Mount Mercy offers coursework on group theory, facilitation and basic helping skills — subjects other institutions often only glance over. The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work is versatile, from one-on-one work with individuals and families, to program planning for larger community-based organizations.

Faculty advisors work directly with students to set goals, assuring success in and out of the classroom. Mount Mercy’s faculty has a wealth of experience, in practical and value fields such as marriage and family therapy, political organization, and in classroom teaching.

You’ll get the most out of your education with hands-on field experience that broadens your networking opportunities and builds your resume. Mount Mercy’s graduates give the social work program its reputation of excellence. Our students are actively recruited by employers, as well as a number of graduate-level social work programs across the Midwest.

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As a social work major, you are required to complete junior and senior field instruction. This consists of two semesters: twelve hours of agency placement and two hours of seminar each week, usually taking place your spring semester of junior year and fall semester of senior year. Students have completed field practicums at:

  • Juvenile Court Office
  • Tanager Place
  • Four Oaks
  • Aging Services
  • Domestic Violence Programs
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Programs
  • Goodwill
  • Department of Human Services

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Through my professors, internship and volunteer experiences at Mount Mercy, I have gained an awareness of and empathy for those who are struggling.

Monica Kordick ‘16
Mercy Volunteer Corps member

Careers in Social Work

Enter the field with confidence from having previous experience.

The Bachelor of Arts in social work is considered the entry level of professional practice. You will be prepared to carry out professional roles in social service agencies working with individuals, couples, families, and small groups. You will also have some preparation to carry out broader organizational and community roles. Additionally, you are eligible to apply for social work licensure in states where it is either mandatory or voluntary at the bachelor level of practice. Students who graduate from Mount Mercy with an accredited baccalaureate social work major may be eligible for "advanced standing" in many master of social work programs. This usually allows a student to complete a MSW in a shorter amount of time than the regular program takes.

  • Graduates from our social work program are prepared to work in a variety of fields, including:
  • Child protective services
  • In-home family services
  • Juvenile and adult corrections
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Programs for people with disabilities and for the elderly
  • Foster care
  • Community development

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