The Social Work Program teaches students about patterns of behavior of individuals, families, organizations, and communities in order to prevent or reduce the problems of our rapidly changing society. Students will learn to help others, change damaging social conditions, and boost social and economic well-being. The program focuses on developing an individual’s understanding of differences in ethnicity, culture, race, and gender and on accepting and/or using these differences to create a better society.
Why study at Limestone?
At the heart of one’s choice to study social work is a deep desire to help others. At Limestone College, our desire is to help you. Our low faculty-student ratio allows for personalized support from a team of experienced Social Work professionals and academics. And as one of the largest Social Work programs in South Carolina, Limestone College offers multiple ways to earn your degree. Evening and online students can benefit from convenient eight-week terms offered six times per year.
The Program prepares for:
Courses in the Social Work sequence are designed to prepare the baccalaureate Social Work major for beginning professional competence as a generalist social worker. This generalist approach is based upon a broad liberal arts foundation. The course content in the Social Work curriculum is approved by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners, and the program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). In addition to the courses required for the major, electives in the arts, sciences, foreign languages, economics, and political science are strongly advised. Specific requirements for admission to the Social Work Program may be found in the Student Handbook of Social Work Program located on the Limestone College Social Work website. Social Work students are required to purchase Liability Insurance before beginning their Field Placement.
Online Bachelor of Social Work
Limestone College now offers its complete Social Work degree program online, making Limestone one of the few online programs in South Carolina. Students who qualify can enjoy the flexibility of obtaining their Bachelor of Social Work completely online or through a combination of both online and in-person classes. Limestone College was recently designated as having one of the Top 20 online Social Work programs in the nation - read the press release here.
Each admission request for the online program will be given full attention by the student's Social Work advisor and every consideration will be made to help the student to meet their individual educational needs.
Find out if the online Social Work Program is right for you:
Accreditation and Licensing
To become a Licensed Social Worker in South Carolina— a requirement sought by most employers— students must graduate from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Limestone College has received accreditation from the CSWE since 1999. Students outside of South Carolina should verify the requirements for licensure in their state. CSWE Form AS4b
The Social Work Program at Limestone College requires students to complete the Field Practicum— 400 hours of supervised social work practice. Students will have an opportunity to apply classroom learning in the field while earning credits towards their degree.
The Social Work profession has over 50 fields in which the degree can be utilized including health, family and children services, gerontology, education, poverty, community, research, and advocacy. Employment for social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. Jobs include:
- Community action worker
- Homeless shelter worker
- Domestic violence counselor
- School system social worker
- Substance abuse counselor
- Human services worker
- Nursing home/hospital worker
- Hospice social worker
- Industrial social worker
Online Mission, Policy, and Requirements
The mission of the Social Work Program is to prepare students for beginning generalist practice, using knowledge of professional self, social work values, and interpersonal skills to improve quality of life and affect social change.
The Goals of the program are:
- To prepare traditional and nontraditional students for employment as beginning generalist social workers and to prepare them for graduate study.
- To provide access to beginning social work education to diverse individuals and groups of students who for economic, social, or geographical reasons would not be able to pursue a social work education elsewhere, and through this process promote cultural diversity.
- To prepare graduates who are aware of their responsibility to continue their professional growth and development by providing up-to-date content about social work practice with client systems of various sizes and types while providing the most current content regarding the social contexts of practice, the changing nature of those contexts, the behavior of organizations, and the dynamics of change at all environmental levels.
- To integrate throughout the curriculum the values and ethics that guide professional social workers in their practice with special emphasis on social and economic justice.
Policy Regarding Online Learning:
Students may choose a blended learning format with a mixture of traditional classroom courses and online courses.
We require online learners to adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics at all times and in all communications whether with an instructor or a student support office of Limestone College.
We require online learners to practice “Netiquette” when emailing or communicating with College personnel from any office, professors, fellow students and persons from the administration.
Upon failing an online class, the student will receive an academic review for online suitability by the faculty of the Limestone College Social Work Program. The student may be put on a probationary status for their next online class to see if improvement is made or they may be removed from the online cohort. All actions are subject to an appeal by the student. The appeal process may be found in the Limestone College Social Work Program Student Handbook.
- Specific requirements for admission to the Social Work Program may be found in the Limestone College Academic Catalog, on the Limestone College website at http://www.limestone.edu, and the Limestone College Social Work Program Student Handbook.
- Completion of the Online Learning Self-Assessment.
- Understanding the technology requirements for online study.
Distance learning programs are offered through interactive internet technologies. Hardware and software requirements vary from course to course, but minimally include:
- Access to a high-speed broadband Internet connection
- A personal computer with an up-to-date operating system (Windows XP or higher, or Mac OS 10.7 or higher)
- A modern web browser (Chrome strongly recommended)
- A headset with an attached microphone
- A webcam
- A quiet place to "attend" class (virtually) without interruption.
Computer Competencies Required
Basic computer competency is critical. You must be able to do the following skillfully upon entering the program:
- Operating systems: Launch or run an application, upload a file to Blackboard, using a tutorial.
- E-Mail: Use an electronic mail system and be able to reliably send and receive messages and reply to messages. It is required that you use your Limestone College e-mail account for all courses. Messages with different names and from different computers are difficult to manage for the instructor.
- Manage Software Installations: Install and manage software to include Blackboard Collaborate.
- Information Retrieval: Exhibit an understanding of and ability for searching information resources beyond a Google search.