The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The BSSW Program of the UT College of Social Work



Bachelor's of Social Work Program

About the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville 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. The 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.

The 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. The 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.

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. The 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. (link opens in a new window)

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

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

  • Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

  • Engage in Policy Practice

  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

  • Evaluate Practice 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: Robert Mindrup, PsyD, MSSW, rmindrup@utk.edu

Administrative Specialist II: Mrs. Gina Middleton, gcox@utk.edu

For more information, email: bsswinfo@utk.edu


 


 

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