EUREKA — Eureka College is partnering with Methodist College to offer its students the opportunity to pursue a major in social work at Eureka.
Eureka College President Dr. Jamel Santa Cruze Wright and Provost Dr. Ann Fulop, along with Methodist College Chancellor Dr. James R. Dire and Provost Dr. Deborah Garrison gathered in the Rizagio Conference Room of the Donald B. Cerf Center Friday afternoon to make it official.
The articulation agreement signed by the college administrators will allow students to take Eureka College and Methodist College social work courses at Eureka for two years, before matriculating to Methodist to finish their Bachelor’s in Social Work degree. Students will have up to seven years to complete the program once they have been admitted to Methodist.
“I think this is going to be a fabulous program that matches students’ interests with the needs of the community,” Fulop said. “These cooperative agreements give students more options for earning their degrees.
At Eureka, students in the program will have the option to participate in in co-curricular and extracurricular activities that are not available at Methodist such as athletics, choir or Greek life. This arrangement allows students to explore social work as a career during their first year at Eureka and readily change to another major if they decide it does not suit them.
“I think it’s a win-win for both colleges, and it’s really a win for the students,” Dire said. “We’re really excited about the start of this program.”
This is the second cooperative “2+2” agreement between Eureka and Methodist. The colleges’ administrators previously signed a similar articulation agreement in June 2017 that put a shared nursing program in place.