Trinity’s location in the Chicago area provides field experiences in social service settings where you can put your Trinity education to use. Trinity offers a learning context that interacts with a diversity of peoples from differing national and ethnic origins, cultures, ages, and economic backgrounds.
After completing the general education curriculum and taking introductory social work courses, you will study: values and ethics; diversity; promotion of social and economic justice; populations at risk; human behavior in the social environment; social welfare policy and services; social work practice; research; and field education. Your social work courses culminate with field education in which social work majors work in partnership with a social service agency. In addition, a senior capstone experience applies advanced learning through a community-centered social action project.
Trinity Christian College prepares its social work graduates with exceptional models of social work values and ethics: unconditional and compassionate love for diverse people; an urgency to promote social justice; a strengths-oriented, asset-based community building approach to social work practice; and a commitment to professional advancement. Framed by a broad knowledge of the physical world, philosophy, theology, the arts, social structures, and human development, courses at Trinity Christian College equip students to lead extraordinary lives.
Through the professional application of social work knowledge, values, and skills, Trinity Christian College creates an opportunity for social work students to facilitate their calling to Christ-like service. Graduates in social work possess a high level of educational achievement and demonstrate teamwork, a commitment to lifelong learning, and Christian service in their communities. Generalist social workers may serve in a number of fields, such as: community organizing, gerontology, mental health, international social work, child welfare, public welfare, social policy, research, administration, corrections, health care, developmental disabilities, housing, school, and occupational social work.
The social work program at Trinity Christian College prepares students for community-centered generalist social work practice. Pulling from the historical roots of the profession and the Reformed Christian perspective, the program emphasizes that community well-being is essential to a common good, that each community has gifts and assets, and we are called to participate in the life of a community. Opportunities for students to fulfill their callings to Christ-like service are present through numerous service learning and field education experiences in the Chicagoland area.
Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Trinity Christian College Social Work Program leads to a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree. Please contact the department chairperson for more information about program accreditation.