Social Work Bachelor of Arts
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.
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.
A major in social work consists of a minimum of 18 courses.
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.
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.
Visit social service agencies in the region and explore the community problems addressed by these agencies.
Discuss issues surrounding services provided for children, including foster and adoptive home placement and treatment of behavioral problems.
Dive into the theories and skills needed to address crises you’ll face in your social work career.
The Social Work Program has developed relationships with many nonprofits in the Erie region where students have completed their internship experience.
Social Work majors produced a documentary titled, "Let it Begin with Me: Putting an End to Youth Violence in Erie.”
"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.