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Social Work

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Alumni Spotlight

    Daniel Baker was recently accepted into the following graduate social work programs - Columbia University School of Social Work, Case Western Reserve University, Jack, Joseph, & Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Buffalo, School of Social Work and Falk School of Social Work, Syracuse University. Congratulations Daniel on an outstanding achievement!

  • Inspire Positive Change for Human Dignity and Social Justice with a Social Work Degree from Gannon University

    Gannon University’s social work program will give you the knowledge and skills you need to effectively collaborate, advocate and assist people of all ages and from diverse communities. Become a part of one of the most dynamic, versatile and rewarding professions today as you strive toward a better world.

    • 98%98% of Gannon social work graduates apply and are accepted into graduate schools.
    • Council on Social Work EducationAccredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
    • Apply your classroom learning to real-world internship opportunities.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Social Work

    • Prepare to work competently in multicultural systems, assess and evaluate organizations and communities and conceptualize the interdependence and interrelationship of our global community.
    •  Become a community leader who passionately pursues excellence in the allocation and provision of needed services and diligently and deliberately advocates for clients and the disadvantaged.


    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Experience field education opportunities, many of which are paid, with a variety of health and human services agencies - some within walking distance of campus.
    •  Join the Social Work Club and help host one of the largest single-day Christmas celebrations for the underserved and homeless residents of Erie. Serve a hot Christmas dinner to more than 500 guests and provide gifts for children and clothing for individuals and families.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key social work courses including:

    Human Diversity: Participate in a homeless simulation in downtown Erie dressed as a homeless individual to develop increased empathy and gain a firsthand experience with homelessness and pauperism.

    Generalist Practice with Families/Groups: Work directly in classroom settings with clients who are HIV-positive, identified individuals with a substance use disorder and parents with troubled adolescents or children with developmental disabilities.

    Social Welfare Policy, Programs and Issues: Learn from guest lecturers, including local and regional government leaders, the director of United Way and local executives of for-profit and nonprofit agencies.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    Our social work program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can:

    • Become a competent and effective social work professional who values and respects diversity, works for economic and social justice and human rights, and uses your knowledge and skills to improve community and human well-being.  
    • Organize and empower community groups and affect local, state and federal policy.  
    • Achieve advanced standing upon acceptance into a graduate school of social work to earn a graduate degree in 12-18 months. 
    • Join graduates who have been accepted into top social work programs at schools including Columbia University, University of Pittsburgh, Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and University of Buffalo.
  • Assessment of Student Outcomes

    All programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) measure and report student learning outcomes.  View assessment data collected during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson Social Work

"Professors provided a realistic image of what a social worker career could look like. They assisted me with obtaining a field placement with Erie County Office of Children and Youth."

Venera Loshaj

Venera Loshaj Social Work

"Gannon University’s Social Work program gave me a good foundation and provided the tools necessary to succeed in my current profession years after graduating. Their compressive and applied approach to training prepared me for every aspect of my career. In light of the current events, social workers have become an essential tool to combat the mental toll that people are experiencing."

Chris Frye

Chris Frye Social Work

"I am forever indebted to Gannon University for my higher education and for the mentorship I received. The personal investment in my life from the faculty has aided me in becoming a passionate public servant that desires to make a difference in the lives of all the people who cross my pathway. The support and encouragement from Gannon University is always greatly appreciated."

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.