May 19, 2024  
Undergraduate Bulletin 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Bulletin 2023-2024

Social Work, B.A.

Kathrin Parks, Ph.D., Associate Dean

General Education 36-39 credits
Major 45-50 credits
General Elective 31-39 credits

The Loras Social Work Program is a supportive learning community that graduates value-based, generalist practitioners who promote human and community well-being. Students, grounded in the liberal arts, empowerment, and person-in-environment frameworks, are guided by the values of the social work profession. Working with and in partnering agencies, students actively learn knowledge, values, and skills; identity and challenge systems that perpetuate racial, social, economic, and environmental injustice.  Students adopt and adhere to ethical guidelines that inform their work with diverse populations and contribute responsibly to an ever-growing and changing world. 

Social Work Program Rationale:

The undergraduate social work major instills the values, ethics, practice strategies, communication, diversity and knowledge required for students to become effective generalist social workers. The Loras College Social Work program connects the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practice setting in several ways throughout the four-year curriculum.

The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Course requirements for the major usually require six semesters for completion. The social work program handbook, which further specifies program requirements, is given to students applying for formal acceptance into the program.

Students may select opportunities to study and practice in child and family welfare, mental health, medical social work, substance abuse, legislation and policy, probation and parole, and many other fields. Additionally, graduates qualify for advanced standing in many Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs allowing them to complete a MSW degree in about 9 months.

Senior Performance Requirement (Field Instruction)

As the capstone of their education, senior social work students complete 420 hours of actual social work practice in a social service agency. Students have a choice in completing their field instruction hours. A student can complete field part time over two semesters registering the first semester for L.SCW 446  (4.5 hours) and the second L.SCW 447  (4.5 hours), although most students complete a block placement of 9 credit hours during one semester under L.SCW 448  during the last semester of their senior year. The following are some of the agencies providing field instruction experience for social work students:

Iowa Department of Health & Human Services Families First Counseling
Juvenile Court Services Hillcrest Family Services
Almost Home Fountain of Youth
Unity Point Hospital Maria House
Hills and Dales Multicultural Family Center
Lutheran Services of Iowa Waypoint Services
Stonehill Care Center Riverview Sexual Assault Program
Teresa Shelter  

Student Learning Outcomes - Social Work

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Advance Human Rights and Social, Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  3. Engage Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Practice
  4. Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

General Education Requirements


Requirements for the major in Social Work (B.A.):

In order to apply for a major in social work, the student completes L.SCW 130 - Introduction to Social Welfare-EI , and L.SCW 231 - Human Behavior & Social Environment , submits a formal application, letters of recommendation and completes a program interview. Students apply to the program while enrolled in L.SCW 231 - Human Behavior & Social Environment . A minimum 2.3 (C+) grade is required to pass major courses and continue to the next course in sequence.