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BA in Social Work (BASW)

Although the application cycle for the full time BASW program is not open at this time, please contact the program coordinator at for further information.


At the undergraduate level, the educational program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level social work practice. The focus is on a problem-solving generalist model which fits the needs of the region. The objectives of the program are to: 

  1. Prepare graduates for entry-level professional positions in the field of social welfare.
  2. Provide a foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate education in social work.
  3. Assist students who want to use a social work major as preparation for other professions and services or as preparation for civic leadership and participation in community social services.

To meet these objectives, the School offers a professional curriculum with courses in human behavior in the social environment, intervention methods, social welfare policy and services, research methods and field practicum. This professional curriculum is supported by a liberal arts foundation, with required courses in the behavioral/biological sciences. The undergraduate program emphasizes a task-centered, problem-solving approach to social work practice.

Admissions and Application Information

Admissions for High School Students:

Students planning to major in social work should have a strong college preparatory background. Volunteer experience with a social service agency is also strongly recommended.

Admissions for Transfer Students and Students Completing Direct Transfer Degrees:

Early planning in consultation with the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator is highly advantageous to the student. Transfer students should make an appointment to see the advisor at  509.359.6482 or for an evaluation of their transfer work.

Application Procedures:

There are two separate application procedures for admission; students must be admitted to EWU AND be admitted to the School of Social Work.

Students seeking admission to the social work program must submit application materials prior to August 1st.  The program starts every fall quarter.

Pre-major advising is available through the School. Appointments may be requested and procedures explained by the Coordinator of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, 123 Senior Hall, phone 509.359.6482 or

What will I study?

The Social Work Program is committed to the ongoing development of social work education that instills a core commitment to work toward social and economic justice in a diverse society with the result being the empowerment of individuals, groups and communities in their efforts to enhance opportunities for human well-being.

For program details and course descriptions see our course catalog:

For program details and course descriptions see our course catalog: 

Licensing & Certification

To learn more about licensure exams and regulations across the U.S., see the Association for Social Work Boards web site:
To learn more about licensure requirements for social workers in Washington State see: 

To learn more about certification requirements for Washington State School Social Workers see:

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