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 in the world by supporting others and advocating for social change. Students explore value-based and ethical issues and build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that effectively prepare them for advanced degrees and a broad array of social work careers. Some of the growing career paths available include school counselors, 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 gives students a foundation in human diversity, populations at risk, human behavior and social environments, social and economic justice, social work research, social welfare and policy, and 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.

The program in Sociology maintains an educational philosophy characterized by the sharing of learning between professor and student. Students with sociological research and theoretical skills will send themselves with a critical vantage point to prepare for the emergent occupational roles our rapidly changing society is bringing forth. The department offers senior students options for a thesis, local internship, paid cooperative education placement, or Washington, DC internships.

A 21-credit Sociology 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 courses required for this minor are:

  • SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 101: Contemporary Social Problems (3 credits)
  • SOC 204: Diversity in Society: Oppression and Social Justice (3 credits)
  • SOC 342: Global Problems and Social Change (3 credits)
  • Three (3) Approved Electives (9 credits)

Contact Us

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