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Established in 1942, the College has a special mission to serve the needs of the state for advanced social work education. The College provides professional social work education programs that prepare undergraduate and graduate students for social work practice and doctoral level graduate students for social work leadership, research, and academia.

Social work is a unique profession: rich with meaning, action, and the power to make a positive difference in the world. Social workers are devoted to helping individuals, groups, and families in dealing with a variety challenges such as abuse, addiction, discrimination, poverty, and more. If this is something that speaks to you, we encourage you to explore the academic programs we offer and research that our faculty is actively pursuing.

Upcoming Events

  • August 10: Full and 2nd summer sessions end
  • August 14: Nashville Full time and Extended Study Orientation - 9:00am Central
  • August 20: Knoxville Full time and Extended Study Orientation - 8:00am Eastern
  • August 22: Fall semester classes begin
  • September 6: "Understanding Modern Day Segregation" presentation by Nikole Hannah-Jones (PDF flier)

College response to Immigration Crisis

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As a College of Social Work committed to the core values of our profession, we stand in solidarity with schools of social work at universities across the U.S. and numerous human rights organizations in condemning the practices of separating children from their parents, detaining children and locking them in warehouse-like facilities, jailing their parents, and criminalizing the act of asylum seeking. More

Spotlight on Bruce Guillaume and the Grand Challenges for Social Work

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UT College of Social Work, we are honoring 75 social workers -- alumni, faculty, staff, and others -- whose work and lives exemplify the 12 Grand Challenges that have been identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Bruce GuillaumeOur 47th Grand Challenger is Bruce Guillaume, founder of "Mountain Challenge", the region's premiere outdoor adventure provider, located at Maryville College in Maryville, TN, and director of Crawford House, a leader in energy and environmental design. During his career, he has worked to address the goals of Grand Challenge #1 Ensure healthy development for all youth and #7 Create social responses to a changing environment.


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