THE BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM
Social Work is a profession that provides moral, practical, and compassionate leadership
in helping people confront and resolve their personal dilemmas. Social Work focuses
on the person in their environment and the BSW education provides training to work
effectively with individuals, families, small groups, agencies, and communities. The
curriculum includes a two-semester internship in a social service agency which provides
the student with an actual working knowledge of the theories and skills learned in
the classroom setting. BSW graduates are prepared for immediate entry into direct
human service professional positions ready to excel in careers in social work and
ready for graduate work at the master's degree level. The BSW program at Middle Tennessee
State University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The Social Work Program will provide a learning environment where students are taught
to think critically, be creative, participate actively in their education, and grow
as individuals while respecting the rapidly changing and diverse world in which they
will live and practice social work. Class work and special student work experiences
must demonstrate how to relate effectively to all types of people and to appreciate
how emotional, social, economic, political, and spiritual forces influence the behavior
of those we are helping. We strive to develop competent, ethical professionals with
the knowledge, values and skills for effective practice with individuals, families,
groups and communities, and who can provide outstanding leadership in the field of
- To prepare a diverse student population for generalist social work practice to serve
client systems of various sizes and types. This includes value based direct services
to diverse populations at risk to facilitate the reduction of poverty, oppression
and discrimination that will promote social and economic justice.
- To provide a flexible educational program that increases the students understanding
of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual variables that affect the person within the environment
and the community, which will include the history of social welfare and the social
work profession, its policies, structures, and issues.
- To develop analytical skills and critical thinking that will encourage active participation
in the development, evaluation, and improvement of evidence-based social work knowledge
and skills through research aimed at disseminating knowledge and advancing social
- To prepare graduates to foster their commitment to lifelong learning and development
of social work knowledge, values, and skills, with effective supervision, which will
empower them and their clients.
- To experientially assist students in developing self-awareness and their ability to
deal effectively with the stressors of social work practice.
Social Work Core Competencies
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver
effective social work services.
- Respond to contexts that shape practice.
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations,