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Degree Type



Social Work

Kuyper’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is ranked among the 10 best and most affordable in Michigan. It 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.

Double Major Option
Without adding any additional time to your program, you can use your electives to pursue the career-building option of a second major in Bible and theology. Selecting this option will provide a firm foundation as you prepare for a life of ministry and service.

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.


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:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct themselves accordingly
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate judgments
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  • Engage in research-informed practice
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and social environments
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being
  • Engage, assess, and intervene with individuals, families, groups, and communities
  • Apply a biblical worldview to social work knowledge, values, and skills

“The social work program was more than classroom learning. After graduation, I received a master’s in social work in two years, rather than three.”

Melinda Kotecki Clinical Manager, Network 180—Kent County Community Health

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.

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.

Spiritual Formation

This course introduces the biblical and theological principles of spiritual formation. We devote particular attention to how individuals grow in deeper communion and intimacy with their triune God. Articulating and cultivating a biblically balanced and healthy practice of spirituality for daily living will also receive emphasis.

Intercultural Communication

This course develops skills in communication behavior necessary for building and maintaining relationships and communication across cultures. We examine the influence of perceptions, verbal and nonverbal styles, thinking modes, symbols, and values on communication between individuals of different cultures and backgrounds.

General Psychology

This course is a survey of psychology as an empirical and behavioral science with a consideration of some of its underlying philosophical presuppositions in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include human development, learning and memory, sensation and perception, basic neuroanatomy, personality, psychopathology, and social psychology.

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.