About Social Work at E-town
The Department of Social Work at Elizabethtown College takes to heart the College's motto, "Educate for Service." From students' very first social work class, they are out "in the field" working with people through service learning. In the junior year, each major completes a 40-hour internship each semester to introduce students to the role of a professional social worker. Students are placed in agencies related to their field of interest. In the senior year, students complete a 200-hour internship in the fall and a 400-hour internship in the spring. When students graduate, they are fully qualified entry-level social workers due to their extensive experience. Approximately 95% of our graduates each year have job offers or are accepted to graduate school upon graduation.
The Social Work Program at Elizabethtown College was first accredited in 1977. Our Social Work Program was one of the earliest programs to be accredited. We have maintained continuous accreditation since then.
Building upon the Elizabethtown College motto, "Educate for Service," the Social Work Department uses relationship-centered learning to provide a strong generalist social work education based upon a liberal arts foundation integrated with extensive field experience, to achieve the established competencies of social work.
To prepare dedicated social workers who have integrated professional knowledge, values, and skills with an understanding of the intersection of cultural idenities to promote social change and work for human rights worldwide.
To develop ethical social workers who can engage with multi-level systems to address structural inequalities and life challenges through an integration of the liberal arts and professional knowledge.
Student Learning Outcomes
Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
Engage diversity and difference in practice.
Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
Respond to contexts that shape practice.
Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.