This major is built to facilitate the transferral of courses to Eastern Michigan University, from all 28 community colleges in Michigan. Faculty from across the state identified courses a student may take in the first and second year of the bachelor’s degree programs at all participating universities.
The MiTransfer Pathways courses in Social Work are:
Faculty also identified Remaining Degree Requirements, which include courses that students can transfer from the community college. These courses are noted below.
Unless otherwise noted, only courses deemed equivalent by EMU faculty may satisfy major requirements. For a list of applicable courses, see “Approved Courses” links or Transfer Equivalencies. Please see “Critical Graduation Information” below for additional policies governing transfer credit.
At its core, Social Work requires a passion for helping people and a commitment to social justice. Our graduates help people and communities tackle problems rooted in poverty, racism, ageism, violence, or illness. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified Social Work as one of the fastest-growing professions. EMU Social Work students graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. The EMU BSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, making our graduates eligible to earn licensure and Advanced Standing in accredited MSW programs.
Building on a broad liberal arts foundation, BSW students learn about frameworks for understanding human behavior and development in the context of a social system and a strengths-based approach to positive change for individuals and groups. Students also learn about social policies and social change from social justice and empowerment perspectives. Appreciation of human diversity in all dimensions is a strong program theme.
Hands-on volunteer or paid experience in a human services context is an admissions requirement for the BSW program. Within the program, all BSW students are required to complete a field placement in an affiliated public or non-profit agency. All placements require 16 hours per week— 200 hours per semester for 400 hours total. Career opportunities for Social Workers are in varied settings such as child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, adoption, foster care, senior services, schools, rehabilitation, law enforcement, shelters, and other services to the poor, neighborhood centers, and adolescent and youth services.