sw fACULTYEast Central University offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program, which has been in existence since 1972.  It was initially accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1984, and its accreditation reaffirmed by CSWE in 1988, 1995, 2003, and 2011.

The mission of the East Central University Social Work Program is to educate students for competent generalist social work practice in a rapidly changing and diverse society and who are dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and oppression and the enhancement of the quality of life for all people. The Program primarily achieves its mission by providing a quality curriculum that emphasizes competencies and practice behaviors consistent with generalist practice that are informed by the knowledge, values, and skills for professional social work with individuals, families, groups, and organizations and communities in a variety of social contexts, including practice in rural communities.

The Program's mission is consistent with the profession's purpose of promoting human and community well-being, which is guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry.  The mission of the Program further reflects and advances the profession's values and quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons.

     


    SOCIAL WORK ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Students who major in Social Work are required to apply for admission after completion of the following courses: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare; Professional Skills for Social Work and Social Welfare; General Biology or other approved human biology course; General Psychology; Introduction to Sociology; and Freshman Composition I and II, with at least a minimum grade of "C"; and have a minimum 2.25 GPA. Applications for Admission, which includes letters of recommendation, are accepted in the fall and spring semesters. After admission, with the Social Work advisor, a Plan of Study is developed with the student, which will guide the student's academic program at ECU.
     

     


     

    Social Work - Minor Requirements

    For Majors in Human Resources Fields - 500A
    SOWK  2273  Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
    SOWK  2521  Professional Skills for Social Work and Social Welfare
    SOWK  3613  Social Welfare Policies and Services
    SOWK  4423  Human Behavior and Social Environment II
    Eight hours of electives approved by Social Work faculty
    Minimum Total Hours                  18

    The Juvenile Justice major must select, with Social Work faculty approval, an additional Social Work course to substitute for SOWK 4423.


    For Majors Not in Human Resources Fields - 500B
     
    HURES  2103  Interviewing Techniques
    HURES  3183  Case Management Practice
     SOWK  2273  Intro to Social Work & Social Welfare
     SOWK  2521  Professional Skills for Social Work and Social Welfare
     SOWK  3613  Social Welfare Policy & Services
    Five hours of electives approved by Social Work faculty
    Minimum Total Hours                   18