The social work major is a 63-hour professional degree that competently prepares students for entry level practice in professional social work or to enter graduate social work education. It is strongly focused on social work values, skills, and knowledge with emphasis on social justice and diversity. It does not require a minor to satisfy university graduation policy. The social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and, upon graduation from the program, affords the student advanced standing in numerous social work graduate programs throughout the U.S.
The faculty are student-focused with considerable experience in both practice and social work education. Students choosing the major can expect to receive considerable personal mentoring and guidance by faculty.
The Mission of the Southeast Missouri State University Social Work Program is to prepare its graduates to engage in competent, evidenced-based generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities largely in the rural environment; reflecting the values of economic and social justice, human diversity, the dignity and worth of the person, human rights, integrity, the importance of human relationships, and service.
The purpose of the Social Work Program at Southeast Missouri State University is to improve society's well-being by creating a more humane and just society. The Social Work Program has a dedicated emphasis on providing services and professional social work practitioners for the underserved and vulnerable populations and communities of the Southeast Missouri region.