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.

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 purpose of the National Honor Society is to recognize the academic achievement of undergraduate and graduate students of social work as well as to honor local practitioners who have made significant contributions to the field of social work. The Iota Beta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society identifies local events, activities, and initiatives to further social work values at EWU and to contribute to the surrounding community. Iota Beta is open to all MSW students who meet eligibility requirements.

To be eligible to apply for the induction into the Iota Beta Chapter, a graduate student must be in good standing with the Social Work Program and the university; the student must have a grade point average of 3.7 in the MSW program after completing two full-time quarters or 12 credits. Iota Beta Chapter Officers include President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer. These positions will be voted on in fall.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Deborah Svoboda at dsvoboda@ewu.edu.

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