Work to advance social and economic justice and quality of life of individuals and groups in urban and suburban communities.

Students who study Social Work at Lewis University prepare to serve diverse populations and advance human rights. During the program, social work majors will learn to recognize the value of human relationships, think critically and understand research in practice. Upon graduation, they will be qualified to apply for social work licensure in the State of Illinois. Lewis also offers a minor in Social Work for students of any academic background to complement their degree.

The Department of Social Work Bachelor’s degree program at Lewis University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (CSWE). Find more information on the B.A. in Social Work Accreditation page.

Sample Courses

  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Cultural Sensitivity in Social Work Practice
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Loss and Mourning
  • Social Services for Children and Adolescents

Career Areas

  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention
  • Violence Prevention
  • After School Programs
  • Senior Services
  • Services for Persons with Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Education


Through a partnership with Joliet Junior College (JJC), and with the College of DuPage (COD) students may attend either JJC or COD for the first two years of the program and complete the final two years at Lewis University's main campus in Romeoville. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Lewis University.


For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815) 836-5250.

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