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Kuyper College Bachelor of Social Work Partnership

For more information about the Bachelor of Applied Science, BAS leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program, please contact Dr. Stephen Snyder, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at

For Students Looking for a Career Serving Others, we are pleased to offer  a unique Bachelor of Science (BAS) degree program. This study leads to a Bachelor’s of Social Work in partnership with Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, MI. 

Bachelor of Applied Science

leading to a Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences through its Integrative Professional Studies Degree Program. Completion of 64 credits elected from three Davenport Colleges: Arts and Sciences, Health Professions and Business students, prepare students with the necessary background to transfer credits into the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Kuyper College, Grand Rapids, MI. Upon completion of 63 additional credits at Kuyper College, students will be awarded both degrees. The BSW degree at Kuyper is fully accredited with the Council On Social Work.  

What Does a Social Worker Do?

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty (NASW Code of Ethics, 1996). Emphasis is placed on preparing students with a beginning theoretical understanding that will enable them to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Attention is also placed on helping students to think globally/internationally in the field of social work. Students who complete the social work major will be prepared for graduate education. Social Workers work in a variety of settings including hospitals and clinics, nursing homes, community mental health clinics, private practices, state and local governments, schools, universities, substance abuse clinics, and military bases. Clinical social workers must have a Master’s Degree.

Employment Outlook

Employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020 and employment of child, family and school social workers is expected to grow by 20 percent, both projections faster than the average of all occupations during the same timeframe (US Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Proposed course sequence (for course descriptions click here):

Year 1
Fall - 15 CreditsWinter - 15 Credits
Davenport Davenport 
ACES100 Achieving Career and Academic Success  OR3 Cr.PSYC101 Introductory Psychology3 Cr.
HLTH101 Introduction to Health Careers3 Cr.ENGL110 Advanced Composition3 Cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra3 Cr.COMM120 Presentation Techniques3 Cr.
ENGL109 Composition3 Cr.SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology3 Cr.
HLTH/PSYC127 Healthy Living3 Cr.  
Kuyper Kuyper 
SW222 Introduction to Social Work3 Cr.BI101 Biblical Interpretation3 Cr.
Spring/Summer of 1st  Year 
BIOL120 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology4 Cr.
Year 2
Fall - 15 CreditsWinter - 15 Credits
Davenport Davenport 
HUMN310-315 Global Cultures  (choice of country or culture)3 Cr.POLS230 Comparative Politics3 Cr.
BUS210 Professional Ethics3 Cr.SOC201 Diversity in Society3 Cr.
STAT219 Introduction to Biostatistics OR3 Cr.MGMT211 Management Foundations3 Cr.
STAT220 Introduction to Statistics3 Cr.ENGL311 Professional Writing3 Cr.
HLTH230 Health Care Law and Ethics3 Cr.  
Kuyper Kuyper 
SW227Human Behavior/Soc. Environ I3 Cr.SW228 Human Behavior/Soc. Environ II3 Cr.
Year 3
Fall - 15 CreditsWinter - 15 Credits
Davenport Davenport 
MGMT321 Organizational Behavior3 Cr.HSAD301 Cultural Issues in Health Care3 Cr.
HLTH303/PSYC303 Psychosocial Health Concerns3 Cr.Elective at 300 level or higher3 Cr.
Kuyper Kuyper 
TH241 Christian Doctrine I3 Cr.BI112 New Testament Survey3 Cr.
SW320 (Gen Prac I) Indiv/Family3 Cr.SW364 (Gen Prac II) SW with Groups3 Cr.
BI111 Old Testament Survey3 Cr.SW340 Social Work Research3 Cr.
Spring Term of 3rd year 
Cultural Immersion Class3 Cr.
Year 4
Fall - 15 CreditsWinter - 15 Credits
Kuyper Kuyper 
SW419 Social Welfare Policy Analysis3 Cr.TH344 Reformed Worldview3 Cr.
SW443 Field Practicum I (200 hours)5 Cr.SW424 (Gen Pract III) SW/Communities3 Cr.
SW445 Field Pract. Sr. Seminar I1 Cr.SW446 Field Practicum II (200 hours)5 Cr.
TH242 Christian Doctrine II3 Cr.SW448 Field Pract. Sr. Seminar II1 Cr.
BI307 Spiritual Formation3 Cr. SW460 International Social Work3 Cr.