The social work profession is dedicated to meeting the needs of others. Calvin offers a social work curriculum that integrates the teachings of the Bible with the knowledge and skills used by social workers in order to equip graduates to effectively and professionally serve others.

Overview

As a social work major at Calvin, you'll prepare for a career of Christian service as a generalist social work practitioner. This BSW program combines courses in social work with a strong liberal arts core curriculum. The major culminates in the community practicum experience, in which you'll spend 400 hours as an intern at social work agency either in Grand Rapids, Chicago, or Washington D.C.

Careers in Social Work

  • Counselor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Advocate
  • Programmer
  • Rehabilitator
  • Teacher
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Study abroad in Chicago or Washington D.C.; volunteer in local schools, churches and hospitals; gain hands on experience through a summer internship; assist a professor with sociological research.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Barbara Gezon Baker Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Sociology and Social Work
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; sociology or social work major
  • search and apply here
Balog Family Social Work Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a career in gerontological social work
  • search and apply here
Donald and Marie Boersma Family Scholarship in Social Work
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; social work major
  • search and apply here
Dr. Donald H. Bouma Scholarship in Sociology and Social Work
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; sociology or social work major
  • search and apply here
Connie Bratt Social Work Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,650
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; social work major; exhibit a commitment to Christian service
  • search and apply here
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,750
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need is considered; business or social work major or pursuing an education or pre-med program
  • search and apply here
James and Barbara Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; planning to major in public health, business, social work or pursuing a degree in engineering or education
  • search and apply here
James and Catherine Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,550
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; preference is given to those interested in pre-architecture, elementary education, social work or engineering
  • search and apply here
Annemary Heerspink Memorial Social Work Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; social work major
  • search and apply here
Helping Hand Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; sociology or social work major; preference is given to those with a career interest in serving the homeless; special consideration is given to those who have volunteered at Mel Trotter Ministries, God's Kitchen or Degage Ministries
  • search and apply here
Ann, Myrtle, Eunice, Faith and Marie Huizenga Scholarship for Women
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a career in the medical field; demonstrate a caring attitude; interested in missions and life of Christian service
  • search and apply here
Leanne Joy Knot Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; sociology or social work major; demonstrate a deep love for Jesus Christ as expressed by the Reformed faith and a love for others
  • search and apply here
Ronald L. Peterson Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; social work major; preference is given to male students; students with a higher GPA will receive special consideration
  • search and apply here
Roland and Ellen Schroder Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • sophomore
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business or sociology major or pursuing an education or engineering program; must have at least one parent who graduated from Calvin College
  • search and apply here
Sociology and Social Work Faculty Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; sociology or social work major
  • search and apply here
Richard and Janice Van Deelen Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; sociology or social work major; have been adopted, have a special interest in adoption, or are interested in working with children; committed to the pro-life position on the issue of abortion
  • search and apply here
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; majoring or planning to major in a helping profession such as a social worker, teacher, pastor, nurse, or doctor; fluent in Spanish; first preference is given to north American ethnic minorities, with special preference to Hispanic students; preference is also given to first or second generation Hispanic students
  • search and apply here
Vanderploeg-Edgerly Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; psychology, sociology or social work major; agree to write a major paper on the topic of child sexual abuse
  • search and apply here
Mary E. Vanden Bosch Zwaanstra Scholarship in Social Work and Gerontology
  • award amount: $1,050
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; sociology or social work major; committed to the field of gerontology and principles of social justice
  • search and apply here
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Faculty

Kristen Admiraal

Kristen Admiraal
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Social Work Program Director
Department of Social Work
SC 231
kadmir42@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7732

Stacia Hoeksema

Stacia Hoeksema
Social Work Faculty
Clinical Social Worker
Department of Social Work
slh22@calvin.edu
616-526-6115

Joe Kuilema

Joe Kuilema
Instructor
Department of Social Work
SC 225
jkuile04@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6489

Elisha Marr

Elisha Marr
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 213
emm24@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7019

Lissa Schwander

Lissa Schwander
Assistant Professor
Social Work Practicum Coordinator
Department of Social Work
SC 235
lschwand@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6243

Rachel Venema

Rachel Venema
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Department of Social Work
SC 221
rvenem68@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8741

Talk to us

Kristen Admiraal Kristen Admiraal
Program Director
Social Work Program Director
Department of Social Work
SC 231
kadmir42@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7732

Stacia Hoeksema Stacia Hoeksema
Program Director
Clinical Social Worker
Department of Social Work
slh22@calvin.edu
(616) 616-526-6115

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