Building on strength.
Facilitating change.
Empowering communities.

These are the goals of the Social Work program at Malone. The social work major leads to more than just a career—it will lead you to your life’s vocation.

Malone Social Work graduates meet and exceed the pass rate on the licensure exam—the national average is typically around 70 percent; Malone University has received a 100 percent pass rate in two of the past five years.  Most of our alumni are employed in a social work position within six months of graduation. View five year pass rate percentages.

As you prepare to serve the most vulnerable in our society, you will find yourself equipped to face the challenges and joys of a life of service. 

Why study Social Work at Malone?

  • Malone’s experienced faculty have a variety of expertise and interest, including domestic transracial adoption, the prevention of relationship violence, social policy, school social work, cyberbullying awareness and prevention, international social work, work with refugees and immigrants, suicide prevention, community development, and other community-based social work.
  • You’ll have many opportunities for internships and field placement with a wide variety of populations and client systems — in hospitals, homeless shelters, child welfare, community development, mental health and medical settings, correctional facilities, adoption/foster care, and international settings.
  • Two-thirds of our alumni go on to earn a master’s degree, and our students get into excellent graduate schools. Because our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), graduates are eligible for advanced standing in many Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs, many times allowing alumni to finish in one year of full-time study rather than two.
  • International social work is relatively new as a field. Malone students have had incredible experiences in locations across the globe. Malone has specific partnerships and opportunities for study in India, Romania, and Uganda.

What can I do with this degree?

You’ll be taught how to:

  • Recognize your own heritage and traditions-so you can engage people from other cultures, ethnic groups, and religions.
  • Practice general work in you area of interest; for example, working with the elderly, children the under-resourced, people with addictions, people who have been trafficked, and other vulnerable groups.
  • Understand the interface between your faith and social work and be able to make appropriate applications of each.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Conduct research that applies to your area of interest.
  • Engage in meaningful internships that prepare you for your career.
  • Seek and work to create justice in a fallen world.
  • Learn listening skills and methods of working with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Internship opportunities

Internships are a very important part of the Social Work Program at Malone.  Students are required to have field placements their sophomore and junior years.  During the senior year, a practicum of 450 hours is required. Network and internship opportunities are made available to students in their fields of interest, from working with children, urban development, the elderly, helping refugees adjust to life in the United States, school social work, and more.

Research Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to pursue research with our faculty or pursue and present your own at our annual Student Research Symposium. In addition, students have enjoyed presenting at national conferences. This is excellent preparation for graduate school and your career. 

Course Curriculum

This major includes 46 credit hours of core courses and 24–25 credit hours of social work support courses. Each course and additional requirements are listed in the official Academic Catalog.

catalog buttonsOnce in the catalog, you can use the buttons (pictured left) located at the upper right of the page to plan your courses, save courses to your own personalized catalog, print them, and more!

Service-Learning Trips

Love to serve? Check out Malone’s service-learning opportunities!