Social Work


The mission of the social work program is grounded in educating and training social work professionals who are dedicated to both personal development and social change through enhancement of individual and group problem-solving capabilities and the creation of a more nurturing, just and humane society. As part of this mission, students prepare to be competent, effective, skilled and ethical professional social work practitioners who contribute to the amelioration of human suffering. Students are encouraged to build on the strength of individuals, families, and communities, and to lead the scholarly search for innovative, efficacious, and equitable solutions to our array of societal issues. To this end, our social work program is committed to the development of new knowledge that will inform the evolution of social policy, the organization and delivery of social services, and the profession’s ability to intervene effectively with, and on behalf of the vulnerable, disenfranchised, and marginalized populations. Within this framework, the program prepares students for generalist social work practice.

Social work students are trained in areas such as:

  • Assessment
  • Interviewing
  • Intake/Referral
  • Service planning
  • Case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Program evaluation
  • Advocacy
  • Mediation
  • Community organization

Whether you enroll through Mary Baldwin’s Residential College for Women or the Adult Degree Program, the BSW’s academic foundation includes content on human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work research, and social work practice. Infused into all these subject areas is content on values and ethics, populations at risk, human diversity, and social and economic justice. In addition to foundation courses, elective courses include Aging, Child Welfare, and School Social Work.

Field practicum is an integral and essential component of the curriculum. Students are required to complete at least 450 hours of supervised social work practice in an approved agency. Through their field practicum, students refine their professional social work skills and integrate course content with on-the-job experience. One option is a field practicum focusing on social problems and direct service.

For adult men and women in the Charlottesville, Roanoke, Richmond, South Boston, and Staunton areas, MBC’s BSW program can be particularly attractive. Many adults with work and family obligations find that ADP’s flexibility and convenience makes it far preferable to other programs with rigid schedules and campus-only courses taught during the work day. ADP students can take many courses online, or in hybrid online and in-person formats, without giving up face-to-face learning opportunities and personal guidance from faculty with offices in our regional centers.