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Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program

Dr. Robert MindrupOn behalf of the College of the Social Work, I want to thank you for your interest in the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The BSSW degree is designed to educate students for generalist social work practice that focuses on the reciprocal relationships between persons and their environments. 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, adolescents, or work with the elderly.

The BSSW curriculum, which includes field practice (internship) experiences, is geared toward preparing students to become highly competent social workers who advance human rights, engage in practice-informed research and policy practice, engage diversity in practice, and effectively encounter and strategically work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Firmly rooted in our professional code of ethics, students work with faculty, staff, and field instructors who are connected with and committed to advancing social, economic, and environmental justice for all.

We launched our Online BSSW Program in Fall 2019, which is first of its kind in Tennessee and the first cohort graduated in May, 2021. The Online BSSW Program is geared toward transfer students who have completed 60 credit hours and have earned A.A. or A.S. from a regionally accredited institution.

We highly encourage you to read more about the Online BSSW and Knoxville campus programs on our website, including a way to complete your Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work in only five years!

For any questions or requests for additional information, please feel free to contact the BSSW Program at: or call 865-974-3352.

Cheers (and go VOLS!),

Robert Mindrup, PsyD, MSSW
Director of BSSW Programs

Administrative Specialist II: Mrs. Gina Middleton,

More on the BSSW program:

On-campus BSSW Program Details
Online BSSW Program Details
BSSW Program Video