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The Social Work major is designed for the student who desires to pursue a ministry of service to the human community in work with social agencies and/or other fields of social work, or who is preparing to pursue graduate education in the field.

Students are prepared to:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The curriculum emphasizes the principles, ethics, and practices of accredited social work programs within the context of a Christian liberal arts college. The major and minor are designed to ensure that each student receives a broad background in social work fundamentals and social work practices.

Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog (link below). The Milligan University academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

Apply to Social Work Program

New entering students should first apply for admission to Milligan and declare their intent to major in Social Work. Once enrolled at Milligan, students will request admission to the Social Work program in their sophomore year by completing the form below.

Applications for the social work major must be submitted by February 15 of the student’s sophomore year. Applications will be reviewed by social work faculty members and an interview may be requested. Students will be notified if their application was accepted or rejected by March 15.

Requirements include:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  2. Completion of Introduction to Social Work (SOWK 210)
  3. Documentation of 50 hours of work, volunteered or paid, with an underrepresented population or population in need
  4. Submission of social work application, including essay and two references


Stacey Kastens
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Professor of Psychology and Occupational Therapy

Professor of Counseling, Director of the Campus Counseling Center

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Geography

Joy Drinnon
Professor of Psychology; Director of Undergraduate Research

Associate Professor of Political Science

Emeritus Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education; Professor of Sociology and Missions; Area Chair of Social Learning

Adjunct Social Work

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies; Program Development Associate for Engineering

Dr. Lori Mills, professor of psychology at Milligan
Professor of Psychology

Associate Professor of Counseling

Associate Professor of Counseling; Director of the Master of Counseling Program; Practicum and Internship Experiences Coordinator

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