HARRISONBURG — Blue Ridge Community College graduates with an associate of applied science degree heading into social work careers can now benefit from a new articulation agreement with Eastern Mennonite University.

All 67 credits earned at the community college will transfer to EMU. Students must apply for admission to both the university and the social work program.

Social work is a growing profession, with many students pursuing the major in order to engage in working with people and families in a variety of health care settings and community organizations, said Carol Hurst, a professor of social work at EMU.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is a requirement to seek a license in the state of Virginia as a social worker.

Coursework at EMU includes policy analysis, research methods, history and philosophy of social work and both practice and practicum experiences. Senior year practicum experiences are tailored to the student’s prospective fields of interest.

BRCC does not have a four-year social work program, making this arrangement a new opportunity for future social workers looking to study in this area.

EMU also provides a unique opportunity for students to study in an environment that emphasizes diversity, cross-cultural education and social transformation, Hurst said.

“These are all things that could benefit someone entering the social work field,” she said.

The field of social work is growing due to the vast number of opportunities the career provides. Hurst said she likes to tell her students they can graduate with a degree in social work and still not know what they want to do when they grow up.

“It’s meaningful work and a special thing to study in school,” Hurst said. Social workers can work with people in any time in their life. Social workers work with children, pregnant women, people in hospice. They’re in hospitals, schools, community centers.

EMU’s social work program has been accredited by the Council of Social Work Education continuously since 1976.

For more information about the program go to emu.edu/applied-social-sciences/social-work-major/.

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