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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 (BAS)

leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

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 1Fall - 15 CreditsWinter - 15 CreditsSpring/Summer of 1st  Year Year 2Fall - 15 CreditsWinter - 15 CreditsYear 3Fall - 15 CreditsWinter - 15 CreditsSpring Term of 3rd year Year 4Fall - 15 CreditsWinter - 15 Credits
Davenport   Davenport  
ACES100 Achieving Career and Academic Success  OR 3 Cr. PSYC101 Introductory Psychology 3 Cr.
HLTH101 Introduction to Health Careers 3 Cr. ENGL110 Advanced Composition 3 Cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra 3 Cr. COMM120 Presentation Techniques 3 Cr.
ENGL109 Composition 3 Cr. SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Cr.
HLTH/PSYC127 Healthy Living 3 Cr.    
Kuyper   Kuyper  
SW222 Introduction to Social Work 3 Cr. BI101 Biblical Interpretation 3 Cr.
BIOL120 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 4 Cr.
Davenport   Davenport  
HUMN310-315 Global Cultures  (choice of country or culture) 3 Cr. POLS230 Comparative Politics 3 Cr.
BUS210 Professional Ethics 3 Cr. SOC201 Diversity in Society 3 Cr.
STAT219 Introduction to Biostatistics OR 3 Cr. MGMT211 Management Foundations 3 Cr.
STAT220 Introduction to Statistics 3 Cr. ENGL311 Professional Writing 3 Cr.
HLTH230 Health Care Law and Ethics 3 Cr.    
Kuyper   Kuyper  
SW227Human Behavior/Soc. Environ I 3 Cr. SW228 Human Behavior/Soc. Environ II 3 Cr.
Davenport   Davenport  
MGMT321 Organizational Behavior 3 Cr. HSAD301 Cultural Issues in Health Care 3 Cr.
HLTH303/PSYC303 Psychosocial Health Concerns 3 Cr. Elective at 300 level or higher 3 Cr.
Kuyper   Kuyper  
TH241 Christian Doctrine I 3 Cr. BI112 New Testament Survey 3 Cr.
SW320 (Gen Prac I) Indiv/Family 3 Cr. SW364 (Gen Prac II) SW with Groups 3 Cr.
BI111 Old Testament Survey 3 Cr. SW340 Social Work Research 3 Cr.
Cultural Immersion Class 3 Cr.
Kuyper   Kuyper  
SW419 Social Welfare Policy Analysis 3 Cr. TH344 Reformed Worldview 3 Cr.
SW443 Field Practicum I (200 hours) 5 Cr. SW424 (Gen Pract III) SW/Communities 3 Cr.
SW445 Field Pract. Sr. Seminar I 1 Cr. SW446 Field Practicum II (200 hours) 5 Cr.
TH242 Christian Doctrine II 3 Cr. SW448 Field Pract. Sr. Seminar II 1 Cr.
BI307 Spiritual Formation 3 Cr.  SW460 International Social Work 3 Cr.