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The Department of Social Work resides in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy within the College of Arts & Sciences. The Program offers two degree programs. The Bachelors of Arts in Social Work program and the Master of Social Work program are both fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). Both degree programs include significant work experience through field placement.

To see the 2013 Program evaluation for the MSW program, click here

The vision of the Department of Social Work is to be a leader in social work education by: preparing students with cutting-edge social work skills necessary to practice in complex settings; creating knowledge through research and engaged scholarship; reducing poverty, inequality, and social and economic injustice through evidence based practices; and addressing the needs of the Mid-South within a global perspective.

The mission of the BASW program is to train entry-level social workers for generalist practice.  The program defines “generalist social work” as a comprehensive orientation to all client problems, and a comprehensive approach to the range of client systems.

The mission of the MSW Program is to educate advanced professional social workers for practice with at-risk populations, particularly children and families. The program's many goals include producing graduates who possess advanced knowledge, values and skills to provide leadership with and on behalf of children and families.

 The Department of Social Work seeks to be a leader in social work education by: preparing students with cutting-edge social work skills necessary to practice in complex settings; creating knowledge through research and engaged scholarship; reducing poverty, inequality, and social and economic injustice through evidence based practices; and addressing the needs of the Mid-South within a global perspective. 

The study of social work is for committed individuals who are passionate about caring for people, from infants to the elderly, helping them overcome life’s most difficult challenges.

The study of social work prepares you to become a professional social worker, by helping you develop the knowledge, values, and skills essential to competent social work practice.

The study of social work gives you the opportunity to work with individuals through internships with local agencies, to test what you are learning in the classroom and to identify where you need more educational experience.

The study of social work prepares you for a career in a strong growth area. Employment of social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent during the decade ending in 2018, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual salary for social workers was $46,220 in 2008, with the top 10 percent earning more than $74,040.

Why not study social work? Join the more than 600,000 professional social workers in this country who have committed their lives to making a difference by earning a degree in social work.


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