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School of Social WorkThe School of Social Work embraces the mission of Eastern Washington University to expand opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning. We are committed to placing students first and engaging community partners in improving the lives of people in need while advancing the cause of social justice. The BASW and MSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
208 Senior Hall Office 123
Cheney, WA 99004
BA in Social Work (BASW)
We are now accepting applications for the full-time BASW Program!
The priority deadline to apply is May 1, 2015. Applications submitted after that date will only be considered on a space availability basis. Please apply early to secure a spot in the program!
Admissions and Application Information
Students planning to major in social work should have a strong college preparatory background with an overall GPA of 2.5. Volunteer experience with a social service agency is also strongly recommended and will be required by fall of 2016.
Admissions for Transfer Students and Students Completing Direct Transfer Degrees:
The ideal transfer applicant will have a complete Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) from a community college in Washington, an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) from a community college in Oregon or a transfer degree from specific community colleges in Idaho and Montana. Go to http://www.ewu.edu/undergrad/transfer/transfer-your-credits/dta-and-aaot-degrees for a list of degrees that meet DTA requirements. Applicants who have not completed a transfer degree will have their credits evaluated on a course-by-course basis for approval of admission. At minimum, students should have completed 90 quarter credits and Intermediate Algebra with a grade of 2.0. In addition, two years of high school or one year of college foreign language is highly recommended before starting the program.
Contact the departmental advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-359-6482 for more information or questions regarding the BASW program.
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:
- Prepare graduates for entry-level professional positions in the field of social welfare.
- Provide a foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate education in social work.
- 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.
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:
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: