Bachelor of Social Work
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Becoming a Bridge
You may have to counsel a woman who feels trapped in an abusive relationship. Or coordinate efforts to help the children of migrant workers weather changes in schools, neighborhoods, or families. As a social worker youíll need the problem-solving, interpersonal, and management skills to aid and advise othersóbe it personally, relationally or in their communities. Southeasternís bachelor of social work program will equip you with knowledge, skills, and experience to become a successful social worker who can meet peopleís needs in the spirit of Christ.
Southeasternís 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 youíve 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, youíll first receive an introduction to social work to help you assess whether this helping profession is the right career for you. Weíll expose you to the values, beliefs, and skills youíll need to flourish in the field. As a new social work major youíll also shadow a social worker so youíll see case management firsthand; not only will you observe clients, but the paper work social workers must handle, too. Later in the program, youíll take courses that teach you how to help others plot change in their lives, families, organizations, and communities. Youíll study the history of the U.S. social welfare system and learn how economics intersects with peopleís lives. Before graduating, youíll 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. Southeasternís 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 bachelorís 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 masterís degree in social work, graduating from our accredited bachelorís 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 masterís 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.
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