The Southeast social work major is a professional degree that prepares students for entry-level practice in professional social work.

Welcome to the Department of Social Work

Welcome to the Southeast Missouri State University baccalaureate social work program Web site.

The social work major was established by the University in the 1970s and has been continually accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1990. Accreditation was reaffirmed in 2011 to 2019. Since its inception, the program has served the state and the region by providing quality social work education, community service and scholarship. Currently, we have approximately 170 majors and eight full-time faculty members. We offer a generalist curriculum that prepares undergraduate students for entry-level professional social work practice in a variety of settings.

We have excellent faculty who strive to make your educational experience a good one. We emphasize a student-centered educational philosophy, and make every effort to work with each student by providing a stimulating and welcoming environment. The faculty are proud of the program, its students and the alumni who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the profession of social work in the region and the state.

I invite you to review the information at this Web site, and feel free to contact me or any of our faculty to find out more about our program. Prospective students are always welcome to our campus, and we encourage you to visit our classes and meet with our faculty. We look forward to you joining us as you begin your professional social work career.

Cathy McElderry, PhD, MPH, LCSW
Department Chair