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Coker’s social work program teaches beyond the certification. In class, you will learn data analysis and research methods, as well as the bigger picture of human behavior, social policies, values and ethics. Outside of class, three on-site internships will build on your coursework with valuable field experience.

You will develop practical skills including interpersonal communications; how to evaluate all kinds of situations, people, and problems; and how to conduct research and make recommendations. So whether you want to advance in your current field, widen your career options, or follow a personal calling, Coker’s Adult Degree Program will help you reach your full potential and create the future you’ve always wanted for yourself and your family.


Coker’s social work major is founded on the importance of integrating theory with practical experience. With individual attention and one-on-one support from engaged professors, Coker’s unique classroom experience is designed to maximize what you gain from every class. Our discussion-based learning philosophy actively develops your analytical and communication skills, teaching you how to think critically and ask purposeful questions. To gain practical experience, social work majors complete a minimum of three internships with social service agencies or organizations.

In Coker’s Adult Degree Program, you can fulfill these requirements to earn a social work degree that meets Coker’s high academic standards—in a convenient and flexible schedule that fits into your busy life.


Social gerontology

A concentration in social gerontology covers topics including retirement, religion and spirituality, healthcare and bereavement. Three social work internships are required in an agency serving persons aged 65 and older.

Download the Academic Catalog

For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

Even in a volatile overall job market, demand for health care and social services workers is steadily growing. In fact, social work employment is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations—adding more than 160,000 jobs. In more rural areas, the need for social workers is even greater.

As a Coker social work major, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a program that’s national accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. With this degree, you can seek state licensure in social work at the baccalaureate level (LBSW). Or, you can apply for advanced standing in Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs, which will reduce the length of time required to complete a graduate social work degree. Coker’s program, combining a liberal arts foundation with specialized social work training, prepares you for a rewarding career in a wide variety of settings.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, The median annual wage of social workers was $42,480 in May 2010.

  • $47,230 for healthcare social workers
  • $40,210 for child, family, and schools social workers
  • $38,600 for mental health and substance abuse social workers
  • $51,500 for all other social workers

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your social work degree:
  • Career Counselor
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Public Administrator
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Residence Counselor
  • Community Service Agency Director
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • School Social Worker
  • Family Therapist
  • Nonprofit Agency Administrator
  • Social Worker
  • Gerontologist
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Sociologist
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Youth Counselor

At Coker, you’ll learn from talented and skilled professors who are invested in your success from day one. There’s no falling through the cracks here—with personal guidance and attention throughout all four years, you’ll develop the skills and confidence you need to succeed.


Associate Professor of Social Work
Assistant Professor of Social Work; Coordinator of Social Work Field Placement