Social Work & Gerontology
Overview: Social Work
Social work educates and empowers students to act as change agents at the grassroots level, improving society by fostering social justice, particularly for those who are disadvantaged. Building on a strong liberal arts base, the program prepares you for entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and graduates are eligible for state certification and for advanced standing status in social work master's degree programs at universities accepting such status.
From the very first course, students are immersed in active learning. Two major field experiences provide 525 hours of field education in any of approximately 52 agencies.
Junior Field Education consists of a 125-hour macro experience over 1 semester, Senior Field Education is a 400-hour experience over 2 semesters.
View our Field Manual (pdf) to read about the process.
Click here to view the BCWEP Grant Brochure BCWEP Grant (pdf)
The minor in gerontology enhances the knowledge and skill development of professionals, paraprofessionals, and those planning to enter the field. Undergraduate Degree
Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
Details: Social Work
The social work curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation in theory and practice of social work that enables the student to competently assume the role of an entry-level generalist social work professional.
This is accomplished through courses offering a sound theoretical base, combined with the optimum amount of field-related experience on the baccalaureate level. The curriculum builds upon, and is integrated with, the basic university liberal arts requirements, in the humanities, social, behavioral and biological sciences.
The student who successfully completes the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) Program will acquire the specialized knowledge and skills to effectively practice generalist social work and be educated and encouraged to identify and affirm the ethics and values of the profession. This includes an appreciation for the value, dignity and individuality of all human beings and a conviction regarding the equality of all people, regardless of gender, race, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or disability. These values would also include a desire to promote social and economic justice with a will to translate these values into action.
The Social Work Program is most rigorous and requires a strong sense of commitment on the part of the student. The student must take Accuplacer Sentence Skills Test and Writeplacer plus prior to entering Junior Field Practicum. Acceptance to Georgian Court does not guarantee acceptance as a social work major. The student will be accepted as a social work major after completion of SW203 with a minimum grade of “C”. The student Policy and Procedures Manual (PDF) clearly outlines the acceptance process to be followed by each student. The B.S.W. Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Commission on Accreditation. Students graduating from the program are eligible for state certification upon application.
Georgian Court University Dual Degree
Students participating in the dual degree agreements Georgian Court has with Burlington County College and Ocean County College should refer to the Admission of Students Participating in Dual Degree Agreement portion of the Admission section at the beginning of the undergraduate catalog.