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An informational meeting for persons interested in pursuing the bachelor of social work degree from East Central University is set for July 7 [TUESDAY] at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastern Oklahoma State College McAlester campus. The program offers special opportunities for students interested in working in child welfare or with older adults.

ECU will offer three beginning-level courses for the BSW degree this fall at McAlester. The courses will be taught onsite.

"Intro to Social Work and Social Welfare" (SOWK 2273) will meet Tuesdays from 4:25 p.m. until 7 p.m. "Human Behavior and Social Environment" (HURES 2083) is scheduled for Thursdays from 7:05 p.m. until 9:40 p.m. The third course, "Field Work Studies in Social Work" (SOWK 2511), is scheduled by arrangement and must be taken concurrently with "Intro to Social Work and Social Welfare."

ECU's social work program is one of only six accredited BSW programs in Oklahoma and the only one in the southeast quadrant of the state, said Dr. Carol Bridges, director of the social work program.

"Our primary objective is to prepare students to enter generalist social work practice at the beginning professional level following graduation," she said. "There is a need for degreed social workers in southeast Oklahoma and the social work program seeks to meet this need through its degree program in McAlester."

Program prerequisites are an introductory sociology course, a general psychology course and a human biology course (general biology). Students should also have completed "Freshman Composition I and II" with a grade of "C" or better.

"Most of the students who have completed the social work program at McAlester have been EOSC graduates," Bridges said. "Students planning to enter the program in the fall should either hold an associate of arts or science degree or lack only a few hours toward the associate's."

More information about the meeting is available from Bridges at 580-559-5405, or Kendra Burnside, ECU academic adviser at McAlester, at 918-302-3614.

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