Greetings from Social Work Department

Greetings: Chair's Message

Welcome to the Northeastern State University’s (NSU) Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program! 

NSU is a richly diverse and stimulating environment of learning opportunity. We are delighted that you have chosen to pursue your career goals with our social work program. 

The cultural and ethnic diversity of the people of the Northeastern Region of Oklahoma provides our social work program with many opportunities. Our faculty consist of social work practitioners and scholars who have years of practice experience in a variety of focus areas. Their experience includes: child welfare, individual and family work, Native Americans, older adult, physical and mental health, domestic violence, community practice, advocacy, substance abuse, and other focus areas. Our faculty demonstrate their commitment to social work values and ethics by achieving their academic goals while attending to the diversity of the region’s people and supporting social justice.

Social work education has been a part of the curriculum at NSU since 1981. NSU’s Social Work Program was granted professional accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1992 and the program has been fully accredited since that time.  In addition to the classroom coursework, our social work students receive training through field education. Learning opportunities within the community are secured with a diverse range of social work settings and populations.


Completion of the BSW program at NSU enables graduates to secure jobs or to pursue a master degree in social work. Graduates may also apply for professional state licensure, apply for advanced standing in MSW programs or obtain membership to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


We look forward to the opportunity of working with you in reaching your educational goals and becoming a professional social worker.


Best to you,



Kathlyn M. Shahan, PhD, MSW

Chair of the Social Work Department