Leading the way, preparing the future

[/column_two_thirds] [column_one_third] [link url=”{SITE_ROOT}/social-work-faculty/”]Social Work Faculty[/link] [link url=”{SITE_ROOT}/field-education/”]Field Education[/link] [/column_one_third] Welcome to the historic Livingstone College, Department of Social Work! It is a new day at the Livingstone and we are pleased to have you as our student and or perspective student. You have entered into a student driven, rich and prestigious institution that is embodied in holistic education. You will be engaged in adequate hands on learning, lecture, and field experience and in return you will receive the knowledge, skill, and ability to prepare you for the growing and changing profession of general practice Social Work. Social Workers are society’s safety net, and with our current economic, social, and demographic challenges, this safety net has grown to include and safeguard a diverse group of people from all walks of life. Professional Social Workers provide essential services to individuals across the lifespan and have long been the workforce to guide people to critical resources, counsel them on important life decisions, and help them reach their full potential.

On the forefront of change and being effect change agents we must embrace social innovation, social welfare policy, and social entrepreneurship practiced by Social Workers within human service organizations and beyond. Each year, the nature and complexity of clients’ problems and challenges experienced by communities continuously evolves and grows. These challenges call for Social Workers to lead and facilitate social change that can have a lasting impact on communities and people, especially diverse populations.

As you prepare and challenge yourself to be a leader, researcher, educator, advocate, organizational developer, business owner of non and for profit agencies and organizations, politician, consultant, social policy maker and reformer, professor, case manager, licensed therapist, and the list goes on; we want you to continue education and we want our students to be grounded in the foundation of beyond adequate social work education. You have chosen to begin your life’s journey into your career, and as you take it seriously, know your life begins now. Again, welcome and I encourage you to navigate the website and learn more about our faculty and institution.

Dr. Cherése Godwin
Program Director and Associate Professor
Department Chair


Program Information

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Social Work program offers the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) Degree, a Professional Degree. Graduates of Livingstone College’s Social Work program are prepared for entry level professional employment in public and private agencies such as child welfare agencies, schools, hospitals and service agencies for the elderly and handicapped. Careers may also involve work with the developmentally disabled, homeless shelters, and housing programs.

The goals for student’s learning and program impact are designed to enable graduates of the program to articulate a practice paradigm that emerges from a commitment to human rights, social and economic justice, and individual and collective empowerment. The following goals are rendered from this guiding programmatic commitment.

  1. To provide a curriculum that prepares graduates for competent beginning professional generalist social work practice with diverse client systems guided by the values and ethics of the social work profession
  2. To provide a curriculum that prepares graduates to engage in prevention activities that promotes well-being and healthy social functioning
  3. To provide a curriculum that prepares graduates to practice with diverse individuals, groups, organizations and communities
  4. To provide a curriculum that prepares graduates to alleviate poverty, oppression, and other forms of injustice;
  5. To provide a curriculum that prepares graduates to identify, assess, and develop strategies that change conditions that impede, infringe, and deny people the right to social and economic justice.
  6. To continue Education, engage in research etc.

Preparation as a generalist social work practitioner presupposes that basic cognitive learning and an underlying value ethic will make a distinction between the social work student, and the liberal arts graduate. Building on a liberal arts general education base, the Livingstone College Social Work Program sees the B.S.W. graduate as one who can perform as a beginning social work practitioner and serve the wider community, yet maintain awareness for lifelong learning, continuing education or specialist study.

Social Work majors must meet the fifty-six (56) hours General Education requirement of the College. A minimum total of forty-two (42) is required for the program, plus twenty-four (24) credits of mandated cognate (Support) courses and electives. Additionally social work majors must complete six (6) hours in Spanish, which meets the foreign language requirement of the College.

Note: In order to receive credit for required courses in field, support courses and foreign language courses, the minimum grade of “C” must be earned.

Students who wish to major in Social Work must apply for admission to both the College and the Social Work Program. There are two (2) separate admission requirements as specified in the “Admission Procedure” section of the Social Work Program Student Handbook. Copies of the handbook may be obtained from the office of the Chair of the Social Work Department. After admission to the program, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in major courses and 2.5 GPA overall.

All senior Social Work majors are required to pay a seventy-five dollars ($75) field instruction fee* at the time they register for SWK 460-Field Instruction/Seminar course, and must make arrangements for transportation to and from their field placement prior to the beginning of the course.