Make a difference helping others.

Mercyhurst University’s degree in social work provides students with the opportunity to pursue their desire to make a positive difference, support others, and advocate for social change. Students explore value based and ethical issues, and build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that effectively prepares them for advanced degrees and a broad array of social work careers. Some of the growing career paths available include working in the medical arena, schools, criminal justice, mental health, child welfare, gerontology, chemical dependency, residential settings, and services for  veterans.  The social work major, accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, offers students the opportunity to gain “advanced standing” in graduate schools; thereby reducing the amount of time required to complete a master of social work degree.

Fast Facts

  • Our curriculum encompasses: human diversity, populations at risk, human behavior and social environment, social and economic justice, social work research, social welfare and policy, social work values, skills and practice

  • Social Work students recently produced a documentary film titled “Let It Begin with Me: Putting an End to Youth Violence in Erie” to encourage unity and dialogue in the face of violence in our community

  • The social work senior seminar is an opportunity for students to discuss the challenges of their internship as well as the ethics, theory, research and policy involved

  • Mercyhurst’s social work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education

  • Studying social work combines theory with practice, giving students first-hand experience with populations often served by social workers

State Authorization

This program may fulfill a portion of the requirements leading to licensure within this field. Please visit the State Authorization webpage to review the requirements for licensure by state or program.

A 24-credit Social Welfare minor is offered for students wishing to enhance their chosen degree program. Students in this program must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in minor courses. The course requirements for the social welfare minor include:

  • SOC 101: Contemporary Social Problems
  • SOC 204: Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice
  • SOCW 220: Human Behavior and The Social Environment I
  • SOCW 304: Social Welfare Analysis
  • SOCW 307: Social Work Practice I
  • Two Social Work/Sociology electives
  • Two pre-approved cognate courses
  • Social Work Introduction
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice
  • American Government
  • Social Welfare Analysis
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Work Policy and Social Justice
  • Social Work Practice I (Individuals)
  • Social Work Practice II (Groups and Families)
  • Social Work Practice III (Organizations and Communities)
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Fieldwork and Senior Seminar

Contact Us

Elizabeth Sanders, MSSA
Chair, Department of Applied Sociology/Social Work
Office: Preston 108
Phone: 814-824-2693