Double Major in Social Work and Criminal Justice

Social workers play an important role in the criminal justice system. They help provide support for individuals and families throughout the legal process, including serving as client advocates and case managers in court, working in correctional facilities, and helping individuals maintain a reformed life after incarceration. Students with a desire to serve in this field should consider SEU’s double major in social work and criminal justice.

You’ll develop a solid understanding of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, the courts and corrections. You’ll also get hands-on training in managing cases, observing and assisting clients, and completing paperwork through your field observations and internship. Following graduation, you’ll be equipped to succeed and make a difference, whether you move directly into the job field or pursue additional studies at the graduate level.

The Bachelor of Social Work program at Southeastern University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Students who complete this program are eligible to apply for our Advanced Standing MSW program.

Program Details

50 hours of social work core
21 hours of criminal justice core
55 hours of general education

Total credit hours — 126

Sample Core Courses

  • Building Effective Helping Skills (SOWK 3123) —This course introduces students to the basic interpersonal skills utilized in the helping process, such as client engagement, empathic listening, reflecting feeling and meaning, clarifying, identifying and exploring problems, confrontation and helping clients develop strategies to accomplish their goals from a strengths based perspective.
  • Social Work Practicum I (SOWK 4113) — This course requires a supervised field experience totaling 200 hours in a local social service agency. Requirements include a weekly on-campus integrative seminar. The primary focus is on social work with individuals and families. Formal admission to the social work program is required prior to registering.
  • Juvenile Delinquency (CRIM 3303) — This course covers the types of delinquency as well as supporting theories. The effects of social institutions on delinquency, prevention and control are also studied. The juvenile justice system is compared to the adult system, and the social consequences of delinquency are studied.
  • American Criminal Courts (CRIM 3403)This course examines the court system in the United States. Major topics include the role of the courts, trial procedures, role of decision-makers in the court system, the distinctions between civil and criminal systems, the alternatives available to the accused prior to trial proceedings and public policy as it relates to the court system.

Social Work Core

Introduction to Social Work

Field Observation in Human Services

Human Behavior and Social Environment I and II

Understanding Human Diversity

Social Welfare Policy

Building Effective Helping Skills

Generalist Practice with Individuals

Writing for Social Work Practice

Preparation for Field Ed Seminar

Field Seminar I and II

Generalist Practice with Families and Groups

Research Methods

Practicum I and II

Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations


Criminal Justice Core

Juvenile Delinquency

American Criminal Courts

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Sociology of Policing

Criminology Theory

Corrections and Punishment

Senior Capstone Seminar

Conflict mediator

Correctional counselor

Diversion program manager

Juvenile court liaison

Mitigation/arbitration specialist


Probation/parole officer

Transitional case manager

Victims advocate

Uganda Studies Program (USP)

Chat with classmates on campus at Uganda Christian University (UCU) as you munch on a “rolex” (a local snack of eggs and Chapati). Just 15 miles from the capital city of Kampala, Mukono offers USP students the opportunity to participate in Ugandan culture. All students take part in unforgettable homestay experiences. Along with trips throughout Uganda, venture on an eye-opening 10-day excursion to Rwanda. You’ll also hone your skills through relevant practicum experience.

Learn more about SEU Study Abroad.