The Social Work program at SRU prepares students for engaging in culturally competent generalist practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. The program curriculum is composed of more than 40 specific practice behaviors and core competencies.

This well rounded curriculum prepares students for a variety of career and educational opportunities ranging from child and family services, aging services and drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, family services, community development, community organizing, working with non-profits and juvenile and adult corrections.

While Pennsylvania requires a master's degree to become a licensed social worker, some states license social workers holding a bachelor's degree. Since requirements vary by state, please check with the licensing board in the state you intend to practice

The Animal-Assisted Intervention Minor uses an interdisciplinary approach for students to develop the competencies for using animal-assisted interventions in their professional practice.  This minor would be especially appropriate for students enrolled in a health-related, human service, or educational major. 


The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - the profession's nationally accrediting body. These accreditation standards require SRU to offer courses on social welfare issues and policies, social work practice skills, basic social science research methods and a broad background in the liberal arts with special emphasis on psychology, biology, economics, politics, sociology, organization and diverse ethnic groups. In fulfilling the academic requirements for social work, students must also uphold the values of the profession of social work as expressed in the National Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics.

The Council of Social Work Education requires the programs to assess their performance on all core competencies. The program continually assesses its performance on all core competencies and uses this data to continually improve the curriculum. View our most recent assessment

Transfer Students

If you started your education at another institution and want to transfer to SRU's social work program, check out SRU's transfer course evaluation. The program generally accepts credits earned for: Introduction Social Work, Diversity, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Social Welfare if taught at a designated Pennsylvania community college, or another CSWE accredited social work program. We work with individuals who have earned associate degrees or taken courses at other schools to receive credit for comparable coursework and experience.