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Kuyper College Bachelor of Social Work Partnership

For more information about the Bachelor of Applied Science in Social Work 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,

Four Year Course Plan

Year 1

Fall Semester (15 credits)

ACES 100 Achieving Career and Education Success or
HLTH Introduction to Health Careers             3
MATH 125 Intermediate Algebra                   3
ENGL 109 Composition                                3
HLTH/PSYC 127 Healthy Living                     3


SW 222 Introduction to Social Work       3

Winter Semester (15 credits)

PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology         3
ENGL 110 Advanced Composition           3
COMM 120 Presentation Techniques      3
SOCY 101 Introduction to Sociology       3


BI101 Biblical Interpretation       3

Summer after Year 1

BIO 120 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology       4

Year 2

Fall Semester (15 credits)

HUMN 310-315 Global Cultures: choice of country or culture                     3
BUS 210 Professional Ethics                           3
STAT 219 Introduction to Biostatistics or
STAT 220 Introduction to Statistics                  3
HLTH 230 Health Care Law and Ethics              3


SW 227 Human Behavior/Soc. Environ I       3

Winter Semester (15 credits)

POLS 230 Comparative Politics                   3
SOSC 201 Diversity in Society                     3
MGMT 211 Management Foundations           3
ENGL 311 Professional Writing                     3


SW 228 Human Behavior/Soc. Envir. II       3

Year      3

Fall Semester (15 credits)

MGMT 321 Organizational Behavior       3
HLTH 303/PSYC303 Psychosocial Health Concerns      3


TH 241 Christian Doctrine I                     3
SW 320 (Gen Prac I) Indiv/Family            3
BI 111 Old Testament Survey                  3

Winter Semester (15 credits)

HSAD 301 Cultural Issues in Health Care      3
Elective at 300 level or higher                     3


BI 112 New Testament Survey                  3
SW 364 (Gen Prac II) SW with Groups       3
SW 340 Social Work Research                  3

Spring Term - Cultural Immersion Class (3 credits)

Year      4

Fall Semester (15 credits)


SW 419 Social Welfare Policy Analysis       3
SW 443 Field Practicum I (200 hours)       5
SW 445 Field Pract. Sr. Seminar I             1
TH 242 Christian Doctrine II                     3
BI 307 Spiritual Formation                        3

Winter Semester (15 credits)

TH 344 Reformed Worldview                         3
SW 424 (Gen Pract III) SW/Communities       3
SW 446 Field Practicum II (200 hours)           5
SW 448 Field Pract. Sr. Seminar II                 1
SW 460 International Social Work                  3