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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. Our graduates understand that good social workers don’t uphold the status quo—they stay current and actively work to improve social policies and institutions.


Coker’s social work major is founded on the importance of integrating theory with practical experience. In class, our discussion-based round-table learning philosophy actively develops your analytical and communication skills, teaching you how to think critically and ask purposeful questions. You don’t just absorb information; you interact with the coursework in a way that trains you to think on a higher level. To gain practical experience, social work majors must complete a minimum of three internships with social service agencies or organizations.

Students admitted to Coker and interested in social work must apply for acceptance into the major. Admission decisions will be made on the basis of:

  • The student’s submission of a written statement addressing their understanding of professional social work, including their reasons for seeking admission to this discipline;
  • The student’s academic standing at Coker (C+ high school average for entering freshman and 2.00 for transferring and current Coker students); and
  • A personal interview with at least one member of the social work faculty.

Concentrations: 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.


February 2016 CSWE Outcomes Data

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.

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.

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