Why Major in Social Work?

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Eastern University educates students to become knowledgeable, ethical, and skilled generalist social work practitioners. We are committed to teaching students to become compassionate agents of God’s mercy and justice in meeting common human needs, with particular attention to people who are vulnerable, living in poverty, and who are oppressed.

The profession of social work helps people in a variety of ways. There are many opportunities to make a difference providing case management, counseling, advocacy/community engagement, or program development in settings such as behavioral health, child welfare, court systems, drug & alcohol, housing services, human trafficking coalitions, mental health, nursing/rehab facilities, refugee resettlement, school systems, and shelters.

“Eastern’s BSW Faculty and my peers helped me grow and become prepared for the workforce. All the learning from the curriculum came together and helped me connect the dots. Now I am ready to be the change, be the voice, be the advocate, and be the social worker I need to be to best serve my clients.”

Mydirah, BSW Social Work '23

Admission to the (BSW) Social Work program

BSW students, who have declared the social work major, can apply for admission to the Social Work Program, a process required by CSWE, the social work accrediting body, in the spring of the Sophomore year (fall of the junior year for transfer students). Students will be contacted by the Social Work Department to begin the process of completing an application, resume, essays, recommendations, and interview. Following admission into the professional phase of the Social Work Program, students will begin 3 semesters of internships. BSW students gain the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for beginning, strengths-based social work practice and a commitment to diversity, equity, and belonging.

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State Authorizations

Please check the State Authorizations page to determine if Eastern University’s program fulfills your state credentialing requirements. Students who seek similar credentialing in states other than Pennsylvania are advised to contact the appropriate credentialing agency within their home state to seek information and additional guidance about credentialing in your state of residence. Additional state or local requirements may exist for field placements or practica in this state. Out-of-state student placements/practica cannot be guaranteed by the program or the College of Health and Sciences. Students are responsible for following all state and local requirements and regulations for their field placement/practica coursework.