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Global Opportunities in Social Work at E-town

Social Work majors are highly encouraged to study or intern abroad in places such as India.

Why Study Social Work at Elizabethtown College?

We're an active learning community, from fieldwork experience to service-learning and study abroad opportunities.

Areas of Study

Social Work is a multi-faceted profession concerned with change on an individual, community, national, and international level.

About Social Work

If you are interested in pursuing a career in social work, you are likely already passionate about serving others.

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. 

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.

Departmental Mission Statement

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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.

Goal One:

To prepare dedicated social workers who have integrated professional knowledge, values, and skills with an understanding of the intersection of cultural identities to promote social change and work for human rights worldwide.

Goal Two:

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 

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
  • Engage in policy practice
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities


Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes





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