School of Social Work

About Us

The School of Social Work offers both an undergraduate Bachelor of Social Work (BASW) and a graduate Master of Social Work (MSW). Each program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • The BASW Program is available at the Cheney main campus location.
  • The MSW Program is available at the Cheney and Spokane main campuses, Vancouver (Clark College), Everett (Everett Community College) and through our Eastern Washington Hybrid program.

Our undergraduate and foundation graduate courses emphasize student-centered learning of the values, knowledge and skills needed by professional social workers to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, organizations or society.

At the graduate level students broaden their understanding of the individual, group, community, and societal context of social work practice, and select additional courses to deepen knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas of practice: aging, palliative care, disabilities, public health, mental health, addiction, school social work, and child welfare.

Both of our undergraduate and graduate social work students engage in practicum placements in social welfare agencies and organizations located throughout the state, working alongside professional social workers and learning the roles and activities associated with the requisite competencies of professional practice. Practicum and seminars conducted in the final year of study connect the knowledge, skills, and values learned in the classroom with the real world experienced in agencies.

Our Mission

The School is dedicated to promoting leadership in engaging individuals, families, and communities; policy-making; research; and, education for social work professionals. The School prepares its graduates to be ethical and effective change agents at the intersection of families, cultures, communities, and organizations.

We are especially committed to educating first-generation college students and those from underserved communities. Graduates will practice with mindfulness about historical oppression and hopefulness in fostering a more socially just world.

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Why Study Social Work at Eastern?

We are committed to excellence and student success.


Affordable Education

You don't have to sacrifice quality to get an education you can afford.

Work Alongside Professionals

Engage in practicum placements in social welfare agencies and organizations located throughout the state.

Excellent Job Opportunities

Our graduates have a great record of finding employment soon after graduation.

Field Education

Field education is often referred to as the “heart of social work.” Agency-based internships give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in a social service agency with clients and community members. Students learn while they serve and connect these real-world experiences to their classroom learning.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Field Education, Diane Somerday at 509.359.6482 or dsomerday@ewu.edu, or our Program Coordinator, Tawnee Reetz at 509.359.2355 or treetz1@ewu.edu.

Student Organizations

The Bachelor in Social Work Student Association actively promotes professional and social activities among students with a membership that is open to all current BASW students. The association encourages students to become involved in various college committee in addition to serving as a link between students, the school’s administration and faculty.

The mission of the Master in Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) is to be a voice for the graduate students in the School of Social Work program at EWU, to promote student leadership in the affairs and concerns of the School by assisting in the development of curriculum and policies. The MSWSA acts as a liaison between faculty, students, and the University and surrounding communities.

It serves as a support for students and a clearinghouse of information about the School, the University, professional associations, and opportunities for volunteer and career pathways. The organization seeks to operate while abiding by the Social Work Code of Ethics and the EWU Student Conduct Code.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Amanda Reedy at areedy@ewu.edu.

All Students enrolled in Social Work are eligible for membership in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), with reduced membership rates for students. NASW is the primary professional organization for social workers and has state chapters throughout the country, with the Washington State chapter located in Seattle.

The Iota Beta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society has been active at the EWU School of Social Work since 2014 and provides students with:

  1. Acknowledgment of academic achievement
  2. Collective efforts for community service with classmates, community members, and faculty
  3. Opportunities to further the social work profession
  4. Leadership opportunities in the Chapter
  5. Opportunities for scholarships from Phi Alpha

Lifetime membership gives you access to an international network of social work students and graduates. For more information on eligibility requirements and events visit the Iota Beta Chapter at EWU webpage.

Careers in Social Work

For specific job opportunities, visit the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


Community Outreach Worker

Human Services Specialist

Juvenile Court Liaison

Probation Officer

Rehabilitation Case Worker

COVID-19 Resources

The School of Social Work has compiled a list of resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many local/state agencies, organizations, and businesses are offering special assistance during this time. Changes to policies and programs may be made weekly, and the best way to get current information is to contact the organization directly.

State, County & EWU Resources

  • EWU – COVID-19 Resources
  • Spokane Regional Health District – COVID-19 Webpage
    This webpage from the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) provides updates about the current public health outlook in Spokane. There are also resources provided for the following topics: workplaces and employers/employees, schools and childcare, seniors and long-term facilities, healthcare professionals, first responders, public events, food safety, and housing.
  • Washington State – Coronavirus Response Webpage
    This webpage from the Washington State government provides information about what to do if you are ill, as well as daily COVID-19 infection statistics, an information hotline, and guidance for complying with the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Additional sections are provided on the topics of Government Emergency Actions, You & Your Family, Travelers & Commuters, Business & Workers, Health Care, and Childcare/K-12/Education.
  • Spokane Regional Health District – COVID-19 Blog
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Stress & Coping During the COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Washington State – How Can You Help
    This webpage from the WA State government lists ideas for how to help others during this time.

Social Services

  • Eastern Washington 211: wa211.org, dial 211 or call toll-free 1.866.904.9060. Eastern Washington 211 is a free telephone service that provides information about health and human services. Callers speak with a referral and information specialist who can connect them to resources in Spokane, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties.

City/Utility Services

Local Health Services

School Districts

State Agencies

Business Resources

Grocery Stores

  • Many local grocery stores are offering special hours for at risk-populations, curbside pick-up, or other options. Please contact your local store directly for more information.

Crisis Services

If you are in an emergency, please call 911.

  • Spokane Regional Crisis Line1.877.266.1818
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1.800.273.8255
  • Local Domestic Violence Helpline – 509.326.2255
  • Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+)866.488.7386
  • Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery509.535.3155
  • National Crisis Text Line – text 74174; your opening message can say anything.

Safety is first! If you are concerned for your safety or the safety of others, call 911.