Social Work, B.S.W.

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Social Work, B.S.W.

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program is offered through the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences at MTSU.

Social workers promote human and community well-being; their courses focus on developing competent, ethical professionals with the knowledge, values, and skills for effective practice with individuals, families, groups, agencies, and communities. Guided by an awareness of individuals and their environment, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work's purpose is realized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons. The major in Social Work leads to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program's primary objective is to prepare the student for beginning professional practice in social work. It also provides a foundation for students planning to pursue graduate study in social work.

The Department of Social Work at MTSU prepares students to serve as social work practitioners, scholars, and leaders who assist individuals, families, groups, and communities at the local, national, and international levels. Our faculty seeks to develop culturally informed, community-engaged students who promote social justice and respect for diversity and human rights through research, coursework, fieldwork, and public service. The Goals of the Social Work Program are

  • To prepare a diverse student population for generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes that is built on an understanding of the value base of the profession and its ethical standards.
  • To provide a flexible educational program that increases the student's understanding of the ways which diversity and difference characterize the human experience, and which are critical to the formation of professional identity.
  • To help students develop the understanding that every person has fundamental human rights and to assist students in understanding strategies designed to eliminate oppressive structural barriers and promote social economic, and environmental justice.
  • To prepare graduates with an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and their respective roles in advancing a science of social work and in evaluating practice.
  • To ensure students understand that human rights and justice are mediated by policy and its implementation at the federal, state, and local levels, and the global influences that affect social policy.
  • To prepare students through academic rigor and experiential learning to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, utilizing evidence-based theoretical frameworks, teamwork, and collaboration.

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Learn through experience

Learn through experience

Internships, required for all social work students, provide practical hands-on learning. This field experience occurs in an agency setting, allowing students to combine classroom learning with real-world experience under the supervision of agency personnel and mentored by faculty. Students are able to use the internship as a reference when applying for jobs after graduation. In fact, every year there are students who find their first professional position at the agencies where they completed their internships.

Students learn in state-of-the art classrooms, labs

Students learn in state-of-the art classrooms, labs

Less than two years after breaking ground, the new Academic Classroom Building opened in the fall of 2020. The 91,000-square-foot-building was designed by Bauer Askew and houses three disciplines in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, including social work, criminal justice administration and psychology. The $39.6 million building includes faculty offices, classrooms and lab space. State Sen. Shane Reeves, who graduated from MTSU in 1991, said, "The students that graduate from these programs will clearly enhance the safety and the well-being and the quality of life of the wider community here and throughout the state and throughout the Southeast." Read more about the Academic Classroom Building here.

News Briefs

Learn through experience

Internships, required for all social work students, provide practical hands-on learning. This field experience occurs in an agency setting, allowing students to combine classroom learning with real-world experience under the supervision of agency personnel and mentored by faculty. Students are able to use the internship as a reference when applying for jobs after graduation. In fact, every year there are students who find their first professional position at the agencies where they completed their internships.

Students learn in state-of-the art classrooms, labs

Less than two years after breaking ground, the new Academic Classroom Building opened in the fall of 2020. The 91,000-square-foot-building was designed by Bauer Askew and houses three disciplines in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, including social work, criminal justice administration and psychology. The $39.6 million building includes faculty offices, classrooms and lab space. State Sen. Shane Reeves, who graduated from MTSU in 1991, said, "The students that graduate from these programs will clearly enhance the safety and the well-being and the quality of life of the wider community here and throughout the state and throughout the Southeast." Read more about the Academic Classroom Building here.

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CAREERS

Graduates are employed in many different public and private work settings, including

  • Aging services
  • Child and adult day care centers
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Children and youth services
  • Community action agencies
  • Criminal justice agencies
  • Domestic violence programs
  • Family services agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Homeless shelters
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Income maintenance programs
  • Legal services agencies
  • Mental retardation/developmental disabilities services
  • Nursing homes
  • Public health agencies
  • Residential treatment programs
  • Schools (elementary and secondary)
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation services

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • ACLU of Tennessee
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters
  • Catholic Charities
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Domestic Violence Program
  • Drug Court
  • Greenhouse Ministries
  • Mental Health Court
  • MTSU Disabled Student Services
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Nashville Vet Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Probation and Parole
  • Project Help
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sunnington Assisted Living
  • Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
  • Tennessee Department of Children's Services
  • Vet Success Center of MTSU

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The Middle Tennessee State University Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master's social work program by the Council onSocial Work Education's Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.

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Core Competencies (Assessment)

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior (Goal 1)
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice (Goal 2)
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice (Goal 3)
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice (Goal 4)
  5. Engage in Policy Practice (Goal 5)
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities (Goal 6)
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities (Goal 6)
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities (Goal6)
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities (Goal 6)

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