Social Work

If you have a passion for helping others, LHU’s Social Work program will prepare you for a career in service. You will learn about human behavior, social work practice, social welfare policies, working with diverse people, ethics, and research in the classroom setting as well through real-world experiences.

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What You'll Study

B.S. Social Work

The courses that you take will prepare you to work with people in any setting, especially since you will be completing volunteer hours in conjunction with several of your major courses and a 430-hour field placement before you graduate. Topics covered include:

  • Rural Social Work
  • Diverse Populations and Groups
  • Social Policy and Services
  • Mental Health
  • Social Work Practice
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Program Highlights

  • Accreditation: We are proud to be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Since we are accredited, if you earn a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.25 GPA in social work, you qualify for advanced standing at the master’s level.  That means that you can complete your MSW degree in one year full time rather than 2 years. You have up to 5 years after you graduate from LHU to apply for your MSW with advanced standing.
  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.

  • Field Placements: Some examples of past field placements include:
    • Susquehanna Health Systems
    • Community Services Group
    • Crossroads Counseling
    • County Children and Youth Agencies
    • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
    • Williamsport Area School District
    • County Area Agency on Aging Agencies

  • CWEB: We are one of 14 schools across the state to participate in the CWEB (Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureate students) program.  This program requires you to complete your field placement in a county Children and Youth agency and work for a PA county Children and Youth agency for one year after you graduate. You will receive a monthly stipend during your senior year as well as have your senior year tuition paid by CWEB.
  • Careers: With a degree in social work you’ll be prepared for generalist social work practice and have the skills, values, and knowledge for employment in an entry-level position in any social service agency, regardless of client group or mission of the agency. Recent graduates have been employed in the following fields:
    • Mental Health
    • Child Welfare
    • Foster Care and Adoption
    • Addictions and Substance Abuse
    • Corrections/Court System
    • Residential Treatment Facilities
    • Services for Poor and Homeless Individuals and Families
    • Social Work with Veterans

Please see our State Authorization webpage for further instructions if you are planning to hold licensure in another state.

Want to Know More?

Social Work and Counseling

Dr. Steven Granich, Program Director
136 Akeley Hall, Lock Haven University 
(570) 484-2210

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