Social work

Empowering and transforming lives

Majoring in Social Work at Warner University amounts to more than earning a degree. A student graduating from this major is equipped with the professional foundation of knowledge, skills, values, and ethics to enhance human well-being and meet the needs of vulnerable, oppressed, and impoverished populations. If you desire a career with meaning, action, diversity, and a variety of options, consider this.

As an accredited program of the Council of Social Work Education, we provide an assessment of student learning outcomes for public record.

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General Education Core Requirement for Bachelor of Arts

Information taken from the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog. Please refer to the most recent catalog for further information, found here.

Written and Oral Communication

  • ENG 1010 – Composition I (3 credit hrs.)
  • ENG 1020 – Compostion II (3 credit hrs.)
  • COM 2010 – Oral Communication (3 credit hrs.)

Cultural and Historal Perspectives

Choose from two (2) of the four (4) disciplines:

  • Fine Arts (FAS 2005, 2006, or 2043)
  • Literature
  • Biblical Literature, Theology, or BST 2000 – Beginning Bibilical Interpretation
  • Any History (HIS) Course

Mathematics and Science

  • Choose nine (9) credit hours, comprised of at least one (1) natural science course and at least one (1) mathematics course at MAT 1030 or above.

Social Sciences

Choose six (6) credits from:

  • COM 2020 – Media Literacy (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2001 – Principles of Economics: Macro (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2012 – Contemporary Economics (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU/PSY 2010 – Life-Span Development (3 credit hrs.)
  • GEO 2013 – World Geography (3 credit hrs.)
  • POS 2010 – American Government and Politics (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 2000 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SOC 2000 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2050 – Human Behavior and the Social Enviornment (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2053 – Social Problems (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 2100 – Strategy and Critical Thinking (3 credit hrs.)

Biblical Studies

Required for freshman and transfer students with fewer than 60 credit hours:

  • BST 1010 – Christian Life: Faith and Practice (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 3005 – Understanding the Old Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Required for trasnfer students with 60 or more credit hours:

  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Personal Development and Worldview

  • BST 4095 – Senior Seminar to Theology and Vocation (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 1100 – Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts University (1 credit hr.)
Full Admission to the Social Work Major

Students may declare the social work major with provisional admission and the ability to complete some or most coursework. Students must meet the below conditions for full admission. Students who fail to meet full admission requirements after progressing as far as possible without full admission will have a registration hold placed on their student record until the requirements are met. To be fully admitted to the undergraduate social work program at Warner University, students must display a willingness and commitment to working with a multitude of diverse populations. In addition, students must have a desire to work with people of different socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds. It is expected that all applicants have read and agree to adhere to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. Interested students must apply for full admission to the social work major during the semester in which they will earn 60 credit hours. Transfer students must apply for admission during their first semester of enrollment at Warner University. The following requirements are part of the full Admission to Major Packet that must be completed prior to admission in the social work program:
1. Completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better:
– ENG 1010 Composition I
– ENG 1020 Composition II
– MAT 1030 Mathematics for Liberal Arts or higher
2. A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.25
3. Demonstration of beginning level of the skills and attitudes described in the Social Work Student Standards (students will sign a statement that they have read and agree to adhere to the Social Work Student Standards and the Social Work Student Manual).
4. Demonstrate a commitment to uphold and adhere to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (students will sign a statement acknowledging they have read and commit to uphold the NASW Code of Ethics).
5. Submission of two completed recommendation forms (these recommendations may be from a high school teacher, a guidance counselor, an instructor at Warner University outside of the Behavioral Sciences Department, an instructor from another institution of higher learning where the student has attended, a past or present employer, or a pastor).
6. Submission of the written interview question form.
7. Completion of an Affidavit of Good Moral Character in accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 435. In addition, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and/or drug screening may be required at various field placement agencies. Students who have a misdemeanor or felony conviction MUST schedule an appointment with the Field Education Coordinator to discuss the nature of the conviction prior to submitting an admission application.

Requirements for Social Work Major
  • MAT 2000 – Statisitcs (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 2000 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2000 – Introduction to Social Work (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2050 – Human Behavior and Social Environment (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2053 – Social Problems or
  • SOC 2000 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3050 – Diveristy and Values in the Social Work Practice (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3013 – Social Work Process and Practice I (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3014 – Social Work Process and Practice II (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3020 – Social Welfare Policy (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3024 – Group Processes (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3033 – Individual and Family Dynamics (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 4000 – Models of Intervention for Social Work Practice (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 4010 – Methods of Social Research (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 4030 – Case Management and Social Networking (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 4085 – Field Education (10 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 4095 – Field Education Seminar (2 credit hrs.)

Six (6) additional credits from:

  • SWK 3034 – Death & Dying (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3044 – Substance Abuse (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3054 – Child Abuse and Neglect (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 4045 – Special Topics in Social Work (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 4054 – Child Welfare Policy (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 3050 – Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 4020 – Counseling Theories (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 4045 – Special Topics in Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 4080 – Adult Development and Aging (3 credit hrs.)

Our Faculty

Dr. Kimberly Bartasavage

Dr. Kimberly Bartasavage

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Bartasavage possesses an MS in Public Administration, an MS in Public Safety and a DCJ. Dr. Bartasavage retired from law enforcement as a state parole agent serving on the street crimes unit and jointly with the USMS fugitive apprehension team.

She is an avid sports fan, enjoys the beach, reading and running as well as watching her son play baseball. A favorite bible verse is Joshua 1:9.

Dr. Leonard Giammatteo

Dr. Leonard Giammatteo

Professor of Behavior Sciences

Dr. Giammatteo is a successful sport psychology instructor and mental game coach. He has a Doctorate in Psychological Foundations from Nova SE University and has written the book “The Winning Edge – Mastering the Mental Game in Sports.”

He and his family enjoy cooking Italian food, playing golf, and vacationing on Anna Marie Island. Dr. G. believes in the following scripture verse: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7.


Dr. Daniel Julich

Dr. Daniel Julich

Chair, Associate Professor of History / Associate Dean of Student Learning Assessment

Dr. Julich grew up on the east coast of Florida and spent seven years of teaching in  Kansas. He has an M.A. in Theological Studies and a Ph.D. in History.

Father of five, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing board games, reading books about history, culture, and politics, and exploring new places. A meaningful verse for him is Galatians 6:9.

Dr. April Steen

Dr. April Steen

Associate Professor of Social Work

A native from Buffalo, NY, Dr. April Steen, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a professional focus in military families, work life balance and trauma/compassion fatigue. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida.

As an active member in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), she has served as past president (Florida Chapter). A meaningful verse for her is Proverbs 3:5.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

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About Warner University

Warner University is a distinctly Christian university that strives to make a Christian liberal arts education accesible to all. We are committed to guiding individuals toward Christ-like character and intellectual maturity while equipping them to serve. We are located in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida, which is nearly the exact center of the Florida peninsula. We are just a short drive away from rapidly growing cities such as Lakeland and Winter Haven. At Warner we offer a variety of in-person and online degree plans. Choose Warner and answer God’s call, receiving an education that helps you pursue your dreams and grow closer to Christ.