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Social Work, B.S.W.

Program Overview

Program Overview

Best Bachelor's of Social Work in Tennessee -

You are passionate about people—so are we. Our program is committed to upholding the value and dignity of every human, recognizing their strengths, and stressing the importance of diversity to human development. We seek to hear the voices of all individuals, understand human needs, and ethically integrate faith and social work practice in a transformative learning environment. And we want to walk with you as you do the same.

Come gain the experience you need to enter the growing field of social work. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment growth of social workers will grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026. According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, social workers are the nation’s largest group of mental health providers. And, over 40 percent of all disaster mental health volunteers trained by the Red Cross are social workers. 

Whether you want to work in mental health, foster care and adoption, crisis intervention, health care, a school or other sectors, you'll receive the training you need to succeed. You'll grow in community and learn to respond to human needs with a Christian worldview. And thanks to our small class sizes, we'll foster what will be a lifelong mentoring relationship with you. 

You'll complete over 500 hours of professional, supervised field practicum work and graduate as a SALT Scholar. The experience you gain here will put you at an advantage for the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work programs. When you graduate, you'll have the strong foundation you need to practice your profession with compassion, commitment, competence and ethics.

BSW Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes



Specific courses required:

  • BY 2213 - Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • PS 1113 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PS 3513 - Drugs and Behavior
  • SO 1123 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SW 1103 - Introduction to Social Work
  • SW 2313 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SW 2333 - Interviewing and Recording Skills
  • SW 3113 - Race and Ethnic Groups
  • SW 3223 - Social Work with Aging
  • SW 3313 - Child Welfare
  • SW 3533 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • SW 3543 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SW 3613 - Social Work Practice I
  • SW 3623 - Social Work Practice II
  • SW 3632 - Social Work Practicum I
  • SW 4513 - Research Methods
  • SW 4523 - Applied Social Work Research Methods
  • SW 4903 - Seminar in Social Work Practice
  • SW 491B - Social Work Practicum II


A distributive social science minor requirement, built into the major, is met with required courses in biology, psychology and sociology.

Under the supervision of the social work faculty, social work practicums SW 3632 and SW 491B are completed in an approved social work agency during the senior year. Application for admission to Social Work SW 3632 and SW 491B must be made at the beginning of the semester preceding placement. (The social work program does not grant academic credit, course waivers or field practicum credit for life experience or previous work experience, per CSWE curriculum policy requirements.)

Social work majors earn the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree, rather than the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees. This means that social work students do not need the extra math or science hours required for the B.S. degree or the foreign language hours required for the B.A. degree.

For social work majors, a letter grade of ""C"" or higher in each social work course is required to proceed to subsequent course work. For other academic requirements, consult the Social Work Student Handbook which may be obtained from the Department of Social Work and Sociology.


Job placement rate

Service learning

We provide you the opportunity to enhance your academic understanding by applying what you’ve learned in class to service projects that benefit our community. Before graduation, you’ll participate in at least two SALT (Serving and Learning Together) projects.


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.


Student to faculty ratio

Our Faculty

  • Amy Crossland

    Amy Crossland

    Associate Professor

    Associate Professor Practice experience includes over five years with victim witness services.

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  • Cayce Watson

    Cayce Watson

    Associate Professor

    Watson is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker and Master Addiction Counselor with over ten years of practice experience.

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  • Becky Clark

    Rebecca Clark

    Chair of the Department of Social Work

    Rebecca Clark is the Chair of the Department of Social Work, Associate Professor of Social Work and the Director of the Social Work Program.

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Career Paths

Social Workers

Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

Social and Human Service Assistants

Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, mental health issues, or other mental or behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help clients recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.