Bachelor of Social Work

Earning a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from SEU will open many doors for you to help others. You might counsel a woman who feels trapped in an abusive relationship. Or work with patients who are battling addictions. Or coordinate efforts to help the children of migrant workers adjust to a new school, neighborhood or family. Prepare for a professional career helping individuals, families, organizations and communities make lasting change.As a social work major at Southeastern University, these are just a few of the situations you’ll navigate. In all, you will complete at least 450 hours of hands-on training at local social services agencies, including schools, government agencies, businesses, mental health settings, faith-based organizations and nonprofits. You will manage cases, observe clients, complete paperwork and assist people with the issues that affect their everyday lives.

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

53 hours of major core
52 hours of general education
18 hours of electives

Total credit hours — 123

Sample Core Courses

  • Human Behavior and Social Environment I (SOWK 2053) — This course focuses on skill development in assessing “person-in-environment” throughout the life cycle, utilizing ecological systems thinking. It is a foundational social work course that is aimed at helping students acquire basic knowledge of human functioning from a broad perspective. It is a study of the interaction of biological, psychological, sociological, cultural, spiritual and systemic influences on human functioning.
  • Understanding Human Diversity (SOWK 3033) — This course examines the complex nature of culture and personal identity, explores populations at-risk and encourages students to understand and appreciate diversity. Specific knowledge of individual cultures, awareness of the patterns of oppression experienced by those cultures and skills relevant to developing a culturally competent approach to working with diverse people groups are addressed.
  • 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.


Introduction to Social Work

Field Observation in Human Services

Human Behavior and Social Environment I and II

History of Social Welfare in America

Understanding Human Diversity

Social Welfare Policy

Building Effective Helping Skills

Social Work Practice I and II

Writing for Social Work Practice

Mental Health Systems and Strategies

Preparation for Field Ed. Seminar

Field Seminar I and II

Research Methods

Social Work Practicum I, II and III



Social workers can work in a variety of fields:

  • Medical/public health
  • School social work
  • Mental health
  • Criminal justice and corrections
  • Substance abuse
  • Child welfare