Social Work Major

Bachelor of Social Work Degree

Program Description

The social work degree at ORU builds upon the liberal arts foundation of the university along with the Christian view of the world, society and the nature of man. The curriculum includes a 53-hour core of academic courses and practicum experiences arranged sequentially to provide for maximum preparation for the field of generalist social work practice. The curriculum provides training in the social work practice, foundations of research, human behavior in the social environment and field practicum.

The social work program is a professional degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. It is recognized nationally as meeting the necessary requirements for preparing graduates to enter beginning social work practice in a variety of settings as generalist social workers.

ORU Points of Distinction

"I chose to study social work in college, because it's a practical, professional degree that teaches me the best way to help people in all situations of need. At ORU, I can learn about the way my career and my faith need to work together.

"I've learned that social work isn't about telling people what to do or doing everything for them. It's about understanding people's needs and empowering them to use their strengths to meet those needs. At ORU, social work students are so blessed to go through their classes with a lot of the same people and a lot of the same professors. We get to know each other and learn from each other, but the best part of it is the support we provide for each other. Our professors are a huge part of that support, because they've seen the stress and worry before."

Student: Chelsea
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Adamsville, AL

Social Work Club
The ORU Social Work Club serves to (1) raise awareness concerning the opportunities available in the professional field of social work and (2) enhance the relationship, communication and cohesiveness of social work students on campus.

The club re-organizes each year with new officers, elected by the membership body and involves itself in a variety of service learning activities. Some of these activities include teaching skills that are designed to enhance the lives of citizens from all socio-economic, ethnic and other diversities. Examples of such services include teaching character trait skills and self-esteem/self-discipline skills to children and facilitating tutorial classes in computer technology, basic reading, money management and other such life skills to adults.

Club members also involve themselves in other kinds of service outreach to communities. This may range from serving meals to indigent populations at various holidays throughout the year to sponsoring two or more needy children at Christmas. Guest speakers from a variety of agencies and organizations are invited in to the meetings to share with the group their experiences, expertise and services they provide to communities. This serves to assist students in integrating knowledge learned in the classroom and in the application of such learning to real life situations.

Club members in good standing may receive credit to apply to one of their social work classes or other classes in the behavioral sciences.

What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Hands-on experience helping people...interning at numerous social service agencies locally and abroad...immediately putting into practice your acquired classroom knowledge under the supervision and guidance of caring professors and professionals in the field.  


Students with a degree in social work have found careers serving client populations in a variety of field including: 

  • Church-related ministries
  • Mental health agencies
  • Family services
  • Child welfare
  • Hospitals
  • Corrections
  • Correctional institutions

In addition, graduates are qualified to apply for licensure in states with licensure laws.

Course Offerings Include

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Principles of Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Social Work Practice
  • Minority Group Relations

Success Stories

ORU student Brittany Oelze, a senior social work major, received the Undergraduate Social Work Student of the Year (2007/2008) award for the state of Oklahoma at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) State Conference  in Norman in spring 2008.

Julie Mains, ORU graduate  of 2007 with a degree in psychology, received the Graduate Social Work Student of the Year (2008/2009) award  for the state of Oklahoma at the NASW State Conference in Norman in spring of 2009.

Dr. Lanny Endicott was honored as the 2003 Outstanding Social Worker for the State of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Degree Plan