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Since 1974, Briar Cliff’s Social Work Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Our social work graduates are recognized for their skills and commitment to serving as agents of social change in their practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. We have a diverse student body, including students representing four Native American reservations within 100 miles of our campus and Spanish-speaking students whose second language is English. 



Gerontology (Minor)

Gerontology (Minor)

This minor prepares students in any discipline to work in a rapidly changing population. Read More »

Online Bachelor of Social Work

Online Bachelor of Social Work

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Social Work

Social Work

Embark on mission trips to some of the world’s most impoverished places. Be an advocate inside an area social agency. Spearhead local relief efforts as part of our student-led Social Work Club, or work with our Indian Child Welfare Project. Our program, which has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974, will help you develop the skills to carry out what the profession is all about: helping people. Read More »



BCU Professor’s Research Published

May 23, 2013

Heather Craig-Oldsen, Briar Cliff University associate professor of social work, co-authored a chapter in “The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practice, Programs and Policies,” a publication of the National Association of Social Workers.

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BCU Earns National Recognition for Community Service
Mar 13, 2013
Briar Cliff, Pier Center for Autism Partner to Serve Siouxland
Jan 29, 2013
Senior takes "life-changing" trip to Guatemala
Jan 24, 2013
Briar Cliff Social Work Professor Publishes Article
Dec 19, 2012



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SWRK 01 IS - Introduction to Field Work
SWRK 130 - Introduction to Social Work
SWRK 14 IS - Community Organization
SWRK 175 - Independent Social Work Study
SWRK 230 - History and General Method of Social Work
SWRK 252 - Corrections
SWRK 275 - Study Abroad in Guatemala
SWRK 320 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SWRK 325 - Mental Health and Mental Illness
SWRK 345 - Child Welfare
SWRK 355 - Child Welfare and the Law
SWRK 360 - Social Issues and Policy
SWRK 370 - Social Work Practice I
SWRK 370L - Social Work Practice I Lab
SWRK 375 - Social Work Practice II
SWRK 380 - Social Work Practice III
SWRK 390 - Grant Writing (Honors)
SWRK 443 - Field Work
SWRK 444 - Field Work Seminar
SWRK 465 - Gerontology
SWRK 475 - Independent Social Work Study II


Heather Craig-Oldsen
Associate Professor, Social Work Program Chair and Director; Principal Investigator of the Siouxland Indian Child Welfare Traineeship Program
Sister Shirley Fineran, O.S.F.
Director of Field Education; Assistant Professor of Social Work