Advocating for Human Rights and Social Justice

Degree Type



Social Work

Kuyper’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program provides graduates with a complete, multi-level foundation of professional knowledge, values, skills, concepts, and strategies.

You will use these professional disciplines in various settings and diverse populations. Both nationally and internationally.

Program Mission

The mission of Kuyper College’s BSW program is to equip students with the knowledge, values, and skills for competent, ethical, and evidence- based generalist practice in order to advocate for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, embracing the dignity and worth of each person made in God’s image, and celebrating our diverse, global society.

Advanced Standing
Because of the strength of Kuyper’s social work program, you may qualify for advanced standing in Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) programs. This can save up to two years of graduate-level coursework and considerable tuition fees. Kuyper’s graduates have pursued graduate study programs at the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and many other leading institutions offering M.S.W. programs.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes


The Kuyper College social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Board of Accreditation (BOA)


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences


Of faculty are, or have been, social work practitioners


Of students receive financial aid


Lowest debt at graduation among Michigan colleges

Career Opportunities

The social work program prepares you with the knowledge, values, and skills for practice in social work positions in a variety of fields and settings, both in the U.S and internationally.

Child and Family Welfare

Mental Health

Criminal Justice

Gerontological Social Work

Health Care

Substance Use and Addiction

Military Social Work

Community Development


School Social Work

International Social Work

Internship Opportunities

Build your resume with a practicum personalized to your program. You and your advisor will work together to choose a placement that aligns with your career goals. The list below shows the variety of placement opportunities and service areas available.

Bethany Christian Services

Wedgwood Christian Services

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Child and family welfare/services

Adolescent Services

Criminal Justice

Community Outreach

Developmental Disabilities

Health Care


Mental Health Services

Older Adults/Gerontology

Special Populations

Women's Services

Start Your Journey

Program Outcomes

Students will develop generalist social work practice skills to work in public and private social-service systems and international settings. Upon completion of the four-year social work program, you will be able to accomplish the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  • Advance human rights and social, racial, economic, and environmental justice
  • Engage anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) in practice
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
  • Engage in policy practice
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Understand and integrate a biblical, Reformed worldview
  • Engage, assess, and intervene with individuals, families, groups, and communities
  • Apply a biblical worldview to social work knowledge, values, and skills

The professors are great and provide individualized education to all students, making it easy to learn and be successful in the future. At Kuyper you take a variety of classes, but my favorite professor are those in the social work program because they have taught me everything I know, and I believe they have set me up for success.”

Isabella Isaacson Class of 2024

Meet the Faculty

Learn from professors with many years of real-world experience!

Jennifer Colin

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Social Work Program Director

Kelli Hoffman

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of Field Practicum

Program Curriculum

Because your social work program professors are personally invested with your ministry goals, you will receive individualized academic advising to personalize the program to your specific areas of interest. The core curriculum includes courses such as:

Introduction to Social Work

This course is an introduction to the social work profession, the social service delivery system, the generalist perspective and the generalist model. Examination of social work history, values, theory, policy, roles, ethics, career opportunities, and social work’s contribution to social welfare institutions will occur. An overview of the diverse populations served and their services will be explored. Students will be challenged to examine their own values and aspirations with respect to the profession. Students will “job shadow” a social worker in the field and participate in various projects, field trips and simulations. This course is required of all social work majors. Open to all students.

Human Behavior / Social Environment I and II

These two courses address how human behavior is influenced by and influences families, groups, organizations and communities. Behavior will be investigated in light of a generalist ecological perspective and look at the relationship among biological, social, psychological, cultural, and spiritual systems as they affect, and are affected by, human behavior. The individual is seen as being a part of each of these systems simultaneously as they interact with each other. These courses are required of all social work majors but are open to all students. Students must complete SW 227 before taking SW 228. Prerequisites: general education core.

Social Work Research

This course is an orientation to the logic, methods, and practice evaluation of generalist social work scientific research. Basic theory of research design and analysis and an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods are focus areas. Students will understand how research methods can be used to problem-solve and evaluate all levels of generalist social work practice.

Individuals and Families

This course is the first in a sequence of three generalist practice courses in the social work curriculum. Individuals and Families includes the study of the generalist practice model for individuals and families and explores theory and stages involved in working with clients. Students learn generalist interviewing practice skills related to engagement, bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment, professional values and ethics, data collection, developing social histories, problem solving, formulating goals, evaluation, termination, and human diversity sensitivity. Prerequisites: admission into the BSW program.

Social Welfare Policy Analysis

This course is an analysis and evaluation of social welfare policies and programs as responses to defined social problems in their historical, political, and economic contexts. We evaluate policies from a generalist perspective and generalist model and introduce an overview of the history of social welfare. Students will explore the relationship between social work values and the development of social welfare policies and the provision of social work programs. We address themes of poverty, advocacy, civil rights, mental health, homelessness, racism, sexism, child welfare, political justice, and economic justice. Prerequisites: SW 340, SW 364, history elective, and GV 110. This course is open to all students with permission from the Registrar.

International Social Work

This course is an orientation to international social work from a generalist perspective. Students will learn about global social issues such as human rights, international women’s issues, global interdependence, models of development, AIDS, refugees and immigration, poverty, international social welfare policies, ethics, global strategies for change, child welfare, and political, economic, and environmental injustices from a generalist perspective. Students will develop solutions from a generalist model. Prerequisite: SW 419.

Majors & Programs

You will graduate with professional and biblical skills to think critically, communicate effectively as a Christ-centered leader.


You will graduate with both an academic and a work transcript detailing your work experience for future employers.


We invite you to explore Kuyper College to see if it could be where God wants to mold and shape you.

Plan A Visit

Our students, faculty, and staff are eager to meet you and help you discover how our community might also become yours.

Financial Aid

Tuition for first-year students will remain the same for four years and transfer students up to four years.


Kuyper College, community foundations, Federal and State Programs award thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants.

Residence Life

You will find comfortable and spacious suites at Schaal and Timmer Halls and Holts Apartments.

Spiritual Development

The Kuyper community will help you grow spiritually as you seek God’s direction for your life.