Learn to create a more just and humane society: You’ll do that here.

A social work degree will prepare you for a career committed to social justice. With diverse employment opportunities and a sharp increase in demand for social workers over the next decade now is the time for you to pursue your passion for service. 

What You’ll Do  

As a social work major at Southeast, you’ll work to improve society’s well-being. With an emphasis on providing services for the underserved and vulnerable populations of the Southeast Missouri region, you’ll make a difference while you earn your degree. 

  • Learn from dedicated faculty who care about students and believe in what they are teaching. 
  • Gain valuable field experience through 448 hours under expert professional social workers. 
  • Study in a small class environment. 

What Can You Do with a Social Work Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Internship and Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Missouri Children’s Division
  • Southeast Health
  • Community Counseling Center
  • SADI
  • Community Caring Council
  • Hospice Programs
  • Lutheran Family and Children’s Services
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Gibson Recovery Center
  • Jackson R-2 Schools
  • Landmark Hospital
  • Perry County Disability Resources
  • Lutheran Home
  • Safe House for Women

Graduate School and Program Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • University of MissouriColumbia
  • University of MissouriSt. Louis
  • St. Louis University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Social Work (BS) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

Outcomes & Careers

  • $55k

    Social Worker

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a social worker is $55,350.

  • $74k

    Community Service Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a community service manager is $74,240.

  • $60k

    Healthcare Social Worker

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a healthcare social worker is $60,280.

What You'll Study

Degree Map

The social work curriculum includes core coursework to prepare you for a career in variety of settings. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Required Courses:

A grade of ‘C’ is required in each core course.

  • SW110 Introduction to Social Work (3)
  • SW201 Social and Economic Justice (3)
  • SW205 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (3)
  • SW207 Understanding Cultural and Social Diversity (3)
  • SW221 Interviewing Skills for Generalist Practice (3)
  • SW222 Case Management (3)
  • SW242 Statistics for Social Scientists (3)
  • SW307 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3)
  • SW308 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3)
  • SW310 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3)
  • SW321 Social Work Practice I (3)
  • SW322 Social Work Practice II (3)
  • SW323 Social Work Practice III (3)
  • SW342 Methods of Social Research for Generalist Practice (3)
  • SW449 Social Work Integrative Seminar (3)
  • SW450 Field Education (12)

Choose 6 hours From:

  • HS301 Foundations of Child Maltreatment & Advocacy (3)
  • SW343 Social Work in Military Settings (3)
  • SW344 Human Sexuality and Social Work Practice (3)
  • SW346 Substance Use Disorders (3)
  • SW351 Child Welfare Services (3)
  • SW352 Social Welfare Services to the Aged (3)
  • SW353 Child Development (3)
  • SW354 Foundations of Trauma & Crisis Intervention (3)
  • SW355 Special Topics in Social Work (3)
  • SW356 Social Work in Mental Health (3)
  • SW387 Independent Study in Social Work (1)
  • SW388 Independent Study in Social Work (2)
  • SW389 Independent Study in Social Work (3)

Additional Requirement: 3 Hours

  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

  1. Completion of 45 hours with a minimum cumulative 2.25 GPA.
  2. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of ‘C’: PY101, SW110*, SW201*, SW205*, SW207*, SW221*, SW222*, SW242*.
  3. Completion of General Education requirements for Constitution, Natural Sciences (3hrs) and Written Communication.
  4. Completion of all developmental courses (if applicable).

Once students are formally admitted to the program, they are eligible to enroll in the following courses: SW 307, SW 308, SW 310, SW 321, SW 322, SW 323, SW 342, SW 449, SW 450.

*SW 110, SW 201, SW 205, SW 207, SW 221, SW 222 and SW 242 may NOT be repeated for admission to the social work major without written permission from the student’s faculty advisor and the Social Work Program Coordinator.

Students will be retained as social work majors providing the following retention criteria are met:

  1. Completion of the following foundation courses with a minimum grade of ‘C’: SW307, SW308, SW310, SW321, SW322, SW323 and SW342.
  2. Courses may be repeated to raise grades below ‘C’ with written approval from the student’s advisor and the department chair.
  3. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.25.
  4. Once a student’s cumulative GPA has fallen below 2.25, the student will not be allowed to enroll in any remaining social work courses until the GPA requirement is met.

In addition to fulfilling all University requirements for graduation, social work majors must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.25
  2. Completion of integrated seminar concurrent with field education, i.e., SW449 with a minimum grade of C.
  3. Completion of 448 hours of field education, i.e., SW450 (Credit/No Credit)

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • SW110 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • PY101 (3) 
  • SW205 (3) 
  • SW207 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SW201 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SW221 (3) 
  • SW222 (3) 
  • SW242 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SW307 (3) 
  • SW321 (3) 
  • SW342 (3) 
  • Major Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SW308 (3) 
  • SW322 (3) 
  • Major Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (14 Hours) 
  • SW310 (3) 
  • SW323 (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (2) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SW449 (3) 
  • SW450 (12) 


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Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

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