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Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work


The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work provides social work education through its Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) Program, Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program, and continuing education programs. The focus at the BSW level is on the preparation of all students for a generalist approach to the first level of professional practice. Beginning level practitioners with a generalist perspective and knowledge of social systems recognize that the target for change may not only be the individual, but may be one or more of the social systems that comprise the individual’s environment. Learn more


The School’s mission is to provide social work education programs which prepare students with competence to develop and deliver services that strengthen and/or empower individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The School and its program emphasize the values of social justice, social responsibility and respect for human rights, dignity and diversity. The School is especially committed to address the strengths and challenges for an ethnically and culturally diverse client population in an evolving global community.

Organization of the School

The School is administered by the Dean. The Assistant Dean is responsible for administrative matters. The BSW Program Director is responsible for the BSW Program. The MSW Program Director is responsible for the MSW Program Curriculum. The Director of the Ph.D. Program is responsible for the Ph.D. Program. Faculty & Staff


The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education which accredits programs at the BSW and MSW levels. Read more


What is your image of a social worker? Is it one of distrust, that the social worker's job is to disrupt your life by impacting your family or means of support? Or is it one of trust, that the social worker is there to assist your family with whatever issues you may face?

March is "Social Work Month", and on Another View they talked to Social Workers at Norfolk State University. Guests include Sandra Williamson-Ashe, Ed.D, Assistant Professor, The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, Norfolk State University; State Senator Lionel Spruill Sr.; and Kirsten Ericksen, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, Norfolk State University.