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Social Work


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. Social work’s distinguishing characteristics are its: 1) emphasis on person-in-environment by considering various aspects of an individual’s environment (social, political, familial, temporal, spiritual, economic and physical), 2) focus on strengths (as opposed to shortcomings), and 3) steadfast commitment to social justice in the service of empowering individuals, families and communities to meet their needs.

Few professionals offer more diverse employment opportunities. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings including mental health, child welfare, marriage and family, community organization, employee assistance, criminal justice/corrections, developmental disabilities, gerontology, health care, hospice, school social work, substance abuse and public welfare.

All indicators predict a sharp increase in demand for social workers over the next decade. Now is an excellent time to pursue a degree in social work.

What You'll Do

  • Have close interaction with dedicated faculty who care about and believe in what they are teaching.
  • Study in a small class environment that nurtures learning, stimulates self-respect, and is characterized by honesty, integrity, trust and respect.
  • Complete 448 hours of practical field education under the expert guidance of professional social work practitioners.

What You'll Study

  • SW201 Social and Economic Justice
  • SW222 Case Management
  • SW307 Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • SW351 Child Welfare Services

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Missouri Children's Division
  • Southeast Health
  • Community Counseling Center
  • SADI
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • Four Oaks Hospice
  • Landmark Hospital
  • Lutheran Home
  • Safe House for Women

Graduate School Opportunities

  • University of Missouri
  • St. Louis University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale


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