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Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

You’ve got the dream and drive to provide compassionate services that help change lives. With a Clarke social work degree, you’ll obtain tangible skills and hands-on experience to make a difference in the lives of others. As a multidisciplinary profession, social work requires understanding in psychology, sociology, biology, and spirituality. You’ll learn theory, research, and practice skills from a diverse group of experienced faculty members. This background serves as a foundation for the many fields of professional social work.


Program Details

As a professional program, the academic work culminates in a 440-hour field practicum with an area agency. Clarke students graduate as competent professionals ready to work with colleagues and clients in a range of settings. You’ll perform research for area social service agencies early in your program of study and earn your final eight credits working in a human service agency under the supervision of professional, close-knit staff.

  • Students spend their final one or two semesters learning and working at their field practicum.
  • Students select from over 100 local agencies for their field practicum.
  • Students are involved in service learning projects each semester.
  • Students with a BSW can enter graduate school with advanced standing and receive an MSW in one year.
Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Regina Boarman, Ph.D.

Regina Boarman, Ph.D.

Chair/Professor of Social Work

It is a privilege to teach, to walk briefly with students on their journey through Clarke. I believe it must begin with the student’s reality. My responsibility is to listen carefully to each student, teach, and guide. In all things I strive to be consistent in my expectations and my presence emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.

Mary Gitau, Ph.D.

Mary Gitau, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work

I am always prepared to share knowledge, to facilitate discussion and activities, to provide learning opportunities, and to evaluate the course and students’ effort.

Colleen Mahoney, Ph.D.

Colleen Mahoney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

My enthusiasm for my students’ ideals and potential, I hope, provides encouragement and inspiration for them to believe in themselves and begin to impact the world around them.

Tara Velez, MSW

Tara Velez, MSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work; Director of Field Education

I strive to create a classroom environment built upon respect and dignity.

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Our Students & Alumni

Suzie Stroud

Suzie Stroud

Social Work ‘15, MSW '18

Finding my niche and having faculty support, encourage, and show genuine interest in me helped me realize, or re-discover, that I CAN accomplish things. I am currently employed at Crescent Community Health Center as a social worker and it is my passion.

Mackenzie Jaeger

Mackenzie Jaeger

Social Work '17, MSW '18

My educational experience in Clarke’s social work program greatly exceeded expectations by allowing me to learn from knowledgeable professors with years of experience. The small class sizes and individualized attention I received helped me to better develop my skill set to begin my Master of Social Work degree.

$ 49,470

Average salary for a social worker in 2018.

16 %

Percent employment for social workers is expected to increase through 2026, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics; the need for mental health and medical social work will be even greater.


The one-to-one learning that happens at Clarke means students succeed at securing internships and career opportunities.


Clarke University’s social work program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education, 1701 Duke St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

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