Give Hope. Serve Others. Change Lives!

If you have a heart for helping those in need, then consider becoming a social worker who gives hope, serves others and changes lives! The Social Work Program at CUAA will prepare you to make a difference with communities, families and individuals. Concordia's BSW integrates faith with service and provides an opportunity to use your God-given gifts to serve God and neighbor, and have a fulfilling career.

Credits 120
  • Child & Family Services
  • Communities & Schools
  • Hospitals & Mental Health
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Program Overview

We believe that Christian service, quality research, and hands-on learning are the best ingredients for your growth as a competent professional. You’ll learn comprehensive methods in providing empowerment, support and advocacy to individuals, families, and groups and communities in need.

The primary mission of the CUAA Social Work program is to prepare graduates for baccalaureate level, generalist, social work practice, within the context of faith, service and social justice. To fulfil this mission, the CUAA Social Work program is based on Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) nine competencies.

Areas of Practice

BSW’s are valued by employers. The BSW program educates students for professional Social Work practice and prepares them for entry level positions in all areas of Social Work and social service professions.

Complementary Majors/Minors

Social work majors have the option of working creatively with their advisors to design individualized degree options by adding a second major such as Psychology, Family Life, Business or others and adding minors such as Child Life Specialist, Psychology, Social Science, Spanish, Adolescent Studies, Entrepreneurship, LCMS Lay Ministry Certificate or others.


Prof. Eric Shanburn, MSW, MTh, LLMSW
Social Work Program Director
Office: Kreft 103

What to Expect


Fieldwork is all about applying what you learn in the classroom to real life. During your senior year, you will participate in a year-long, professionally-supervised internship experience and complete 450 hours. Field experience is an integral part of becoming a social worker.  It not only allows you to explore the diverse opportunities that are offered in social work practice, but it allows you to discover your strengths, assets and passion. As a CUAA student intern, you get to develop and demonstrate your abilities under the supervision of professionals. To heighten this experience, you’ll participate in weekly mentoring seminars with experienced faculty to debrief and analyze experiences. Learn more about field work in our field education manual.

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