The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The BSSW Program of the UT College of Social Work

Bachelor's of Social Work Program

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work is designed to educate students for generalist social work practice that focuses on the reciprocal relationships between persons and their environments. Combined with a rigorous liberal arts program at the University, BSSW courses will expand your thinking and prepare you to help people improve their social functioning in a technologically complex, culturally diverse, and rapidly changing world without borders. Our BSSW curriculum is guided by a broad knowledge-base, professional code of ethics, and professional values that will equip our students to intervene with micro systems—individuals, groups, and families—as well as macro systems—organizations and communities.

Our BSSW Field Practice program places students in real-world environments to educate them and provide them with an opportunity to apply their social work knowledge. Our BSSW Field Practice program has placed students in a wide-variety of settings including hospitals, mental health centers, non-profits, homeless shelters, courts, and schools.

Our BSSW students also have the opportunity to participate in our International Initiatives programs promoting exchange studies across the world from Scotland to South Africa and from Australia to Ghana. Our College of Social Work BSSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Upon completion of the BSSW program, NASW offers the opportunity to apply for state licensure. For further information regarding licensure, click to visit the NASW Tennessee website.

Upon graduating from the BSSW program, students are expected to be able to:

  • 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, and communities.

Our BSSW graduates take a wide variety of jobs ranging from case management to community organizing and work with a variety of populations ranging from young children and families, to adolescents, to work with the elderly.


Program Director: David Dupper, PhD,

Program Resource Specialist: Mrs. Gina Middleton,

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