Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Randall Murray & Tisha Maxwell

Randall Murray & Tisha Maxwell

Pictured above are Randall Murray & Tisha Maxwell, soon to be graduates from our Master's of Social Work program and residents of Paragould, AR. Randall is the 2016 recipient of the Ryan Family Scholarship for Addiction Studies. He is also a veteran who is of great assistance to his fellow veterans that come to the Beck PRIDE Center in search of resources. Randall is in his last semester in the program and is completing his internship at Mission Outreach in Paragould, where he works with residents who are dealing with substance abuse, among other issues.

Tisha is the 2016 recipient of the Huddleston Social Work Scholarship. She is also in her last semester and is completing her internship at Mid-South Health Systems where she works with individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Tisha's desire after graduation is to work with adolescents who are dealing with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders.

Why Social Work at ASU

Social work is a career in which you can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives!

ASU’s Social Work Program offers both Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in Social Work and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  There are two levels of professional practice for social workers.  Social workers with the BSW degree are generalist practitioners and use a problem-solving, planned change approach to resolve a wide range of problems with micro, mezzo, and macro level client systems.  Social workers with the MSW degree are specialists in areas of advanced practice such as clinical social work. Clinical social workers diagnose and treat more serious mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. There are many career opportunities for social workers, both BSWs and MSWs, to work in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, schools, and hospitals.

The BSW graduates receive a professional degree that prepares students for generalist social work practice, which enables graduates to be licensed by the state. Having a BSW degree may reduce the amount of time and expense required for a Master’s degree.  BSW graduates are eligible for a one year accelerated MSW program.

ASU’s graduate degree in social work emphasizes trauma infused cognitive behavioral therapy because research has shown that many life difficulties stem from early trauma, abuse, or neglect. Students can also complete a certificate in Addictions Studies while completing their MSW. Full and part-time plans of study are offered.

Both BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Social work education is a competency-based approach that prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and values required for professional practice.  The Department of Social Work systematically evaluates student achievement and development to assure that graduates are competent for generalist and advanced social work practice.  To review the Department's Assessment Reports, click here.  

Who are social workers and what do they do?