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Department of Social Work and Sociology

From life’s beginning to its end, from the first cry to the last smile, social workers touch the world— and Christian social workers touch the world for God.

Our academically strong, culturally relevant programs prepare our students as competent, compassionate generalist social workers who exhibit Christ-likeness through interpersonal sensitivity, sacrificial service, academic excellence, professional passion and personal integrity. Plus, learning to practice social work within the context of our College of Liberal Arts & Sciences helps students think about individuals and society holistically.

The field of social work has core values of integrity, service, social justice, dignity and worth of persons, importance of human relationships, and competence. Our department is a natural extension of the mission of Lipscomb University to “integrate Christian faith with academic excellence.”

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Social Work

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. Our classrooms hold state-of-the-art technology that will prepare you for your 500 hours of supervised field practicum work and future career.

Social Work
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Sociology (Minor)

Make sense of social interactions. Decipher everyday culture and how it came about. Overall, comprehend human activity. You will gain exposure to family dynamics, race and ethnic groups, child welfare, juvenile justice and aging services.

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