Social Work Department
Why Choose the Social Work Department at Eastern?
“The Social Work Department has provided me with a group of people that have a common interest in reflecting on ourselves and our actions within a broken system, and seeing how we can incorporate Christ’s message of reconciliation into different avenues of working for the welfare of humanity.” Kara, BSWThe Social Work Department at Eastern University has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974 (the earliest year available), and has consistently produced successful students within the field of social work. The Social Work Department trains students to be compassionate and educated social work practitioners that are actively trying to help the poor and oppressed in society. The Social Work Department has caring and experienced faculty that successfully prepare students for life in the social work field.
The Social Work Department requires students to ask difficult questions about society and the people and relationships within it. Through small classes and a rigorous environment, students are given the ability to think deeply and critically about problems in society and are asked to begin seeking alternatives to some of these issues. WIth an education from the Social Work Department, students will gain a passion for helping the oppressed and the knowledge needed to bring about change.
Professors and students strive to fulfill the command from Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” With this as a guide, the Social Work Department seeks to be compassionate agents of God’s mercy and justice, especially to those that are living in poverty and oppressed.
What the Social Work Department Offers
The Social Work Department Mission Statement and Core Competencies
The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program (Social Work major) is to educate general social work practitioners who are knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate agents of God’s mercy and justice in meeting common human needs, with particular attention to people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.
The goals of the BSW Program (Social Work major) are:
- To prepare graduates for beginning professional social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, from the perspective of a Christian understanding of humanity, society, and the world.
- To provide graduates with the educational background needed for graduate study in social work and to be considered for advanced standing.
Graduates of the BSW Program (Social Work major) will:
- identify as professional social workers and conduct themselves accordingly;
- apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice;
- apply critical thinking and communication skills to formulate and communicate professional judgments;
- engage human diversity and difference in social work practice;
- advance human rights and social and economic justice;
- engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research;
- apply knowledge of human development and action in the social environment;
- engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services;
- respond to contexts that shape social work practice; and
- practice social work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
View assessment data for the classes of 2009 through 2011:
Core Competency Assessment Data