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Social Work Major

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Why Study Social Work?

Social work is an ideal career if you want to improve the lives of others. Social workers listen to peoples' needs and help them cope with challenging life circumstances. Social work provides practitioners with diversity and autonomy in their work settings and opportunities for creativity and intellectual stimulation. Social workers also have the opportunity to relieve human suffering while making a lasting difference for individuals, communities and society as a whole.

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Why Study Social Work at Eastern?

The Social Work major prepares social work professionals to advance social justice and human rights effectively. Students graduate ready to serve diverse client populations, especially those most vulnerable and oppressed. More than 50 percent of Eastern social work graduates go directly into MSW programs and most pursue graduate education within five years of completing their BSW degree.
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Salary Potential


Median Salary Child, family and school social workers


Salary Range

Hands-on Learning

Students helping at community garden


Social Work students intern for local social service agencies and non-profit organizations such as the Windham Community Good Network.

Members of the Social Work club


Social Work majors also serve the community, focus on issues of social justice and gain valuable leadership skills through membership in the Social Work student club.

Social Work Club
Group shot of Phi Alpha, the Social Work honor society

Honor Society

The Phi Alpha Honor Society provides Social Work majors with recognition and the opportunity to work together on humanitarian issues.

Phi Alpha

Career Options

A social work degree from Eastern opens the door for employment in roles ranging from counselors to case managers, advocates and organizers in diverse settings such as:

  • Schools
  • Child welfare
  • Family services
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Gerontology
  • Community agencies
  • Domestic violence
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Military and veterans

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern graduates who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in social work are employed in schools, child welfare and family service agencies, mental health programs, substance abuse treatment, hospitals, community agencies and domestic violence programs. Others have been admitted to MSW programs at Boston College, Columbia University, Fordham University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University.

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Alumni Testimonials

Eden Rivera ’16
Research Assistant

Eden Rivera ’16

Social Work major Eden Rivera is a graduate research assistant at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. “If it wasn’t for Eastern’s social work program, I wouldn’t have decided to become an advocate for marginalized people or an ‘agent of change’ with the goal of alleviating systems of oppression imposed upon communities in need.”

Steven Bagley ’12

Steven Bagley ’12

Social Work major Steven Bagley is a clinician at Wamogo Regional High School. “Eastern’s social work program unequivocally changed the way I view the world and operate as a clinician. Lively classroom discussions enriched my learning while field experiences reinforced the material. It is because of the rigor of Eastern’s social work program that I hold myself to the highest standards of practice.”

Chrisann Johnson ’15
In-Home Therapist

Chrisann Johnson ’15

Social Work major Chrisann Johnson is an in-home therapist at South Bay Community Services in Springfield, MA. “Eastern taught me to consider the holistic perspective of a client’s life, not just one domain. Now I constantly validate and show empathy to the families I work with, which is important for building rapport.”