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Social Work

Our Mission

The mission of the Longwood University undergraduate Social Work Program is:

  • to prepare generalist practitioners who have a foundation in social work knowledge, theory and research through a strong liberal arts based education
  • to prepare competent and effective generalist practitioners who become citizen leaders in their respective communities,while representing and empowering oppressed individuals, groups, and communities to improve the quality of life
  • to reduce the inequalities in society through the use of social justice strategies and effective practice
  • to contribute to the knowledge base of practice, research, and theory regarding the needs of diverse populations served by professional social workers.



  • Provide strong liberal arts based education that incorporates coursework from the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and mathematics and computer sciences.
  • Provide guided field instruction experiences that promote the delivery of effective services to diverse populations.
  • Provide social work curricula that build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the liberal arts education and that focuses on research, knowledge, theories and skills that develop effective generalists' social work practitioners.
  • Encourage understanding and respect for the person-in-environment conceptualization, diversity, inequalities and changing needs of a complex society and use this information to address social injustices.
  • Support faculty and student research and knowledge building to ensure excellence in learning and teaching.
  • Prepare students to be self-aware and accountable to themselves, the profession and the community by promoting social work ethics and values to include worth and dignity of the person, service, integrity, competence, imortance of human relationships and social justice.

Opportunities in Social Work

The Program in Social Work provides an undergraduate course of study of unique and personalized instruction accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, leading to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Social Work.

The curriculum prepares graduates for first-level professional social work practice as practitioners utilizing the generalist perspective base. Program graduates frequently pursue advanced study in graduate schools and may be eligible for admission into advanced standing one-year M.S.W. degree programs. They may utilize their professional credentials for careers as generalist-based, professional practitioners according to the standards of the of the National Association of Social Workers in such areas as:

  • Adoption
  • Case Management
  • Child Protection
  • Child Welfare
  • Mental Health
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Disaster Relief
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foster Care
  • Gerontology
  • Medical Social Work
  • Homelessness
  • Global Social Work
  • Policy
  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Social Justice
  • School-based Social Work
  • Substance Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Community Planning

Our Social Work Graduates Are Needed Around The World.


Social Work Faculty

Theresa Clark

Department Chair
Associate Professor
B.A., Virginia State College, M.S., Longwood College, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
253 Hull



Kristen Nugent

Associate Professor
B.S.W., California University of Pennsylvania, M.S.W., West Virginia University, Ph.D., Walden University
225 Hull


Mary Stebbins

Program Coordinator/Director of Field Education
B.S.W., James Madison University, M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University
229 Hull


Elisabeth Nichols

B.A., Vermont College, M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University, EdD candidate (2013) Creighton University
227 Hull




 Peggy Turner

Administrative Assistant
Hull 256