Social Work Bachelor of Arts

Make a difference helping others

Chemical dependency, mental health, child development, quality of life for older adults, healthy youth development, community building—there are few areas of life addressed through social work. Studying social work at Mercyhurst will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of settings improving the quality of life for individuals and the community. The program is committed to teaching you about the role we must play in working toward creating a more just society that embraces human diversity and provides for the basic needs of all.

DID YOU KNOW...

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.

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A major in social work consists of a minimum of 18 courses.

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

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

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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.

LET IT BEGIN WITH ME

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.

WHY SOCIAL WORK?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or fewer why they love studying social work.
"Personable learning toward promoting change."
Riley Norton '16
“Inspirational, life-changing, educational, motivational, awesome.”
Adrian Washington
"Learning from different people"
Rachel Ficcaglia
"Invigorating, engaging, influential, strengthening, stimulating.”
Deandra Ward
“Learning through service builds leadership."
Emily Shanahan

SAMPLE COURSES


SOCW 304 Social Welfare Analysis
Visit social service agencies in the region and explore the community problems addressed by these agencies.

SOCW 237 Human Services and Children
Discuss issues surrounding services provided for children, including foster and adoptive home placement and treatment of behavioral problems.

SOCW 313 Crisis Intervention Skills
Dive into the theories and skills needed to address crises you’ll face in your social work career.

EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

Internships and Experiences

The Social Work Program has developed relationships with many nonprofits in the Erie region where students have completed their internship experience.

Humanizing the Face of Violence

Social Work majors produced a documentary titled, "Let it Begin with Me: Putting an End to Youth Violence in Erie.”

#myMUexperience - Michelle Ahrens

"What I wanted to be doing with my life was being something bigger than myself." Michelle has spent much of her college career serving others.

Meet the Faculty

Bora Pajo
Assistant Professor
Laura Lewis, Ph.D.
Faculty field advisor, associate professor of sociology and social work

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