Social Work Major

The Case for Social Work

Social work is a human service profession focused on enhancing the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social Work majors learn to impact circles of influence in an effort to advance social justice.

We integrate discipleship into the classroom to prepare you for a social work career of advocating for the forgotten, ignored, and oppressed—the “least of these” as Jesus called them in Matthew 25. Taylor’s Social Work professors integrate Christian values with professional values to challenge worldviews, personal beliefs, and societal constructs.

Our nationally accredited Social Work program is designed to prepare future social workers for beginning-level generalist practice, including formal and informal lifelong learning.

Interdisciplinary Advocates

Taylor prepares you with in-class education and hands-on service experiences that will allow you to make a difference and incorporate your faith with your everyday work.

Our Social Work curriculum breaks down into five content areas: human behavior and the social environment, practice, policy, research, and field instruction. The individual social work courses integrate topics like psychology, minority issues, research methods, human behavior, and troubled families, allowing you to gain a robust, interdisciplinary understanding of what it means to be a social worker.

Putting Theory to Practice at Home and Abroad

Outside of social work classes, Taylor students receive a wide range of practical experiences where they can apply the skills and theories learned in the classroom to real-life situations. All Social Work majors begin by completing 30 hours of volunteer work with organizations like prison ministries, social justice advocacy programs, mental health facilities, churches, nursing homes, schools, and after-school programs.

Students also develop their professional network during junior and senior practicums in the geographical areas that interest them. Junior practicums give Social Work students the opportunity to practice social work abroad during J-term. Past students have traveled to Korea, Philippines, Uganda, and Bahamas, though our majors can travel anywhere in the world where social work supervision can be found.

While the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires students to complete a 400-hour senior practicum, our Social Work program gives students a greater opportunity for real-world experience, having Social Work majors complete 480 hours in hospitals, refugee resettlement organizations, local schools, etc.


The Social Work program at Taylor University received high rankings from, an online resource that focuses on social work education and career advancement. The organization researched a total of 413 social work programs and ranked them based on a combination of CSWE accreditation, tuition rates, and PayScale salary data.

Congratulations Taylor University Social Work on receiving #1 in Indiana and #6 nationwide! Click to view the article.

Social Work Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Contact the Social Work Department

Deborah Stiles, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Social Work Program

Greta Kiers, Program Assistant