Online BS in Social Work – Child and Family Learn to aid in hurting families


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100% online*, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total

Do you have a passion for working with children and adolescents? With Liberty’s online Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) – Child and Family, you can learn how to offer hope and healing to hurting families. Through this program, you can explore ways to address challenges in areas such as grief, family stress, neglect, substance abuse, bullying, poverty, and immigration.

The skills taught in this program can be applied to a variety of settings, including adoption and foster care agencies, group homes, residential treatment facilities, schools, community centers, counseling practices, international work, and missions. As you dive into your BSW courses, you’ll explore cutting-edge social work research and practices – allowing you to gain a well-rounded understanding of the issues facing many of today’s youth and their families.

We’re excited to partner with you as you take this important next step in your education. Pursue your online BSW and see how you can make an impact in your community and beyond!

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Liberty has been a pioneer in distance education since 1985, so we know how to design programs that blend accessibility and high-quality academics. Explore the benefits of choosing Liberty University for your social work education:

  • Flexible Courses | Are you worried that going back to school means putting your life on hold? One of the unique advantages of Liberty University’s social work program is its flexibility. We offer a rigorous online curriculum that allows you to balance your education with your other commitments. Whether you’re a working professional, a parent, or have other important responsibilities outside of school, our courses are designed to fit around your schedule.
  • In-Person Training | Our online BSW degree emphasizes the importance of practical experience. In addition to completing online coursework, you will participate in 2 field placements! These hands-on opportunities enable you to apply what you’ve learned in real-world situations and put your skills to the test.
  • Accreditation | Liberty University holds institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Additionally, our online bachelor’s in social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). You can trust that your degree from Liberty University aligns with industry standards.
  • Experienced Professors | Our faculty members bring a wealth of experience to the classroom. Our professors have worked extensively in the field of social work, allowing them to share real-world insights and practical knowledge with you. Their expertise goes beyond theory, providing you with a valuable perspective on the challenges and opportunities you may encounter in your career.

Liberty University’s bachelor’s in social work program offers a comprehensive journey that can help strengthen your understanding of this vital field. Our core curriculum covers essential topics, including research, statistics, chemical dependency, and mental health, providing you with a strong foundation to make a meaningful impact.

Our online BSW also emphasizes ethical practice, so you can learn to navigate complex ethical dilemmas as you serve your clients. Understanding social welfare and policy is crucial, which is why this social work bachelor’s program provides insight into the systems and policies impacting society. Additionally, you can develop the skills needed to work effectively with diverse populations, from individuals to families and groups.

Within the child and family cognate, you will dive into topics such as the following:

  • How to address challenges related to grief and loss, bullying and school issues, trauma, poverty, substance use, mental health, family issues, and immigration
  • Major areas of developmental psychopathology from infancy through adolescence
  • Recent changes in approach to child protective services, kinship/foster care, adoption, group/residential care, reunification, prevention, and church/community engagement
  • Services, practices, and laws that are in place to ensure child and adolescent well-being, safety, and permanency
  • Theory, empirical research, and interventions related to behavioral, emotional, and cognitive disorders
  • Trauma-informed, evidence-based interventions for children

Field experiences are at the heart of our program, giving you the opportunity for hands-on practice in real-world settings. These field placements can help you see how what you’ve learned in your coursework is applicable to real-life scenarios. Partner with us and prepare to make a positive difference in the lives of others!

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!

Undergraduate Full Time $390/Credit
Undergraduate Part Time $455/Credit
Military Undergraduate $250/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
  • Potential college credit for military training

*Not applicable to certificates.