Social Work

The help starts here!

Social work is unique in the field of helping professions; social workers work to improve the well-being of individuals, groups and societies.

The bachelor's degree in social work (BA) from Southeastern Louisiana University is a professional degree. The Social Work program at SLU has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the regulating body which is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation of professional social workers, for over 20 years.

The social work program follows a generalist practice model in which our students are provided the knowledge and skills needed to work with clients with a variety of social problems on multiple levels. Southeastern Louisiana University is seated in the Florida Parishes, a predominantly rural area; therefore the mission of the social work program is to prepare students for entry level practice with diverse populations and populations at risk in rural and small communities.

Along with 120 credit hours, social work students complete 430 hours in a field internship at a social service agency. The field internship prepares students for career opportunities in: child welfare, healthcare, mental health, addictions, domestic violence, criminal justice, gerontology, school systems and developmental disabilities.

Many students find Southeastern's BSW degree appealing because the degree enables a student to apply to a graduate advanced standing social work program at any university which has an accredited Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree program. For instance, over 50% of Southeastern's social work graduates go on to pursue a graduate degree from universities in southern Louisiana, such as Louisiana State University, Southern University, and Tulane University. With their BSW from Southeastern, they are eligible to obtain their Masters degree in Social Work after one year of graduate study.

Social Work Student Handbook


For more information related to the Social Work profession, please open the link provided by Michael Wright, PhD, MSW: Social Work.

Social Work

Left to Right: Dr. Corie Hebert, Dr. Heidi Kulkin, Ms. Jamie Magee, Ms. Tonyalea Elam, Dr. Bonnie Ahn, and Dr. Angela Wood.