Southeastern’s social work program begins with our Christ-centered liberal arts (general education) core curriculum, where you develop an understanding and appreciation of God and His creation, human creativity and reason, and our place of responsibility as stewards in the world God has made. As you forge links between what you’ve learned in the core and the more specialized courses in your major, our hope is that you also begin to relate all that you learn to your life and your faith.
In the Bachelor of Social Work program itself, you’ll first receive an introduction to social work to help you assess whether this helping profession is the right career for you. We’ll expose you to the values, beliefs, and skills you’ll need to flourish in the field. As a new social work major you’ll also shadow a social worker so you’ll see case management firsthand; not only will you observe clients, but the paper work social workers must handle, too. Later in the program, you’ll take courses that teach you how to help others plot change in their lives, families, organizations, and communities. You’ll study the history of the U.S. social welfare system and learn how economics intersects with people’s lives. Before graduating, you’ll also study research methods and complete 450 hours interning at local, social service agencies.
A career in social work enables you to work in schools, government agencies and services, business, mental health settings, churches, faith-based organizations, and non-profits. Southeastern’s Bachelor of Social Work equips graduates to work as school social workers, child welfare workers, employment counselors, hospital social workers, juvenile court workers, community organizers, geriatric social workers, and case managers. In most states, you must have to a Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work to become a licensed social worker, so our bachelor’s program, accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), would help you meet that requirement.
Our program also prepares students for graduate work in social work, counseling, public health, and public administration. If you pursue a master’s degree in social work, graduating from our accredited bachelor’s program qualifies you to enter a Master of Social Work program with advanced standing. This advanced standing could shorten your graduate course work by as much as a year and save you thousands of dollars. With a master’s degree in social work you could become a program administrator, child or family therapist, mental health counselor, psychiatric social worker, or organizational or community planner.