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Social Work, B.S.W.

Social workers promote human and community well-being; their courses focus on developing competent, ethical professionals with the knowledge, values, and skills for effective practice with individuals, families, groups, agencies, and communities.  Guided by an awareness of individuals and their environment, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work's purpose is realized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons.

Learn through experience

Internships, required for all social work students, provide practical hands-on learning. This field experience occurs in an agency setting, allowing students to combine classroom learning with real-world experience under the supervision of agency personnel and mentored by faculty. Students are able to use the internship as a reference when applying for jobs after graduation.  In fact, every year there are students who find their first professional position at the agencies where they completed their internships.

Get involved

Through social work campus organizations, students volunteer, learn, participate, and explore community agencies and social justice issues that are impacting communities. In recent months, students visited Thistle Farms, a social enterprise that supports the work of Magdalene House, serving women in recovery from addiction and prostitution. Groups organized and partnered with the Salvation Army food truck to reach out to homeless men and women in middle Tennessee and prepared meals for Journey Home in Murfreesboro. Other activities included a Valentine's Day Dance at Community Care of Rutherford County and expanding the number of children's library books in Spanish in Rutherford County Schools.

Graduates are employed in many different public and private work settings, including

  • Aging services
  • Child and adult day care centers
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Children and youth services
  • Community action agencies
  • Criminal justice agencies
  • Domestic violence programs
  • Family services agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Homeless shelters
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Income maintenance programs
  • Legal services agencies
  • Mental retardation/developmental disabilities services
  • Nursing homes
  • Public health agencies
  • Residential treatment programs
  • Schools (elementary and secondary)
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation services

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • ACLU of Tennessee
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters
  • Catholic Charities
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Domestic Violence Program
  • Drug Court
  • Greenhouse Ministries
  • Mental Health Court
  • MTSU Disabled Student Services
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Nashville Vet Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Probation and Parole
  • Project Help
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sunnington Assisted Living
  • Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
  • Tennessee Department of Children's Services
  • Vet Success Center of MTSU

Students majoring in Social Work earn a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree. A minor is not required for Social Work majors.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

For details about the B.S.W. program, please click on the following:

Other programs offered by the  department

An undergraduate minor is available in Social Welfare, and the department participates in an interdisciplinary minor in Health Care Services. 

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree is offered through collaboration with Austin Peay State University and Tennessee State University.  This is a hybrid program consisting of in-person classes, online classes, and internships.

Both the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and qualify the graduates for state licensure as a social worker.

Social Work, B.S.W.

Department of Social Work 
615-898-2685
John Sanborn, program coordinator

The major in Social Work leads to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program's primary objective is to prepare the student for beginning professional practice in social work. It also provides a foundation for students planning to pursue graduate study in social work.

Admission to the Social Work Program

All Social Work majors must be formally admitted to the Social Work Program in order to be admitted into the practice courses and field work courses and to obtain a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Students who are not yet formally admitted will be identified as pre-social work majors.

  1. Requirements for admission to the Social Work Program:
    1. completion of at least 60 semester hours toward a degree including at least 41 hours of General Education requirements;
    2. completion of SW 2570 Introduction to Social Work and 3 additional hours in social work courses with a grade of C or better;
    3. an overall GPA of 2.00 for degree credit courses;
    4. completion of volunteer work in a social service setting is recommended to enhance your application;
    5. possession of personal qualities consistent with social work values and ethics and the ability to relate to others with warmth and emotional stability.
  2. Application procedure. Student must complete an application packet which consists of
    1. application for Social Work major form;
    2. three reference forms, at least one of which is from an MTSU social work professor;
    3. essay;
    4. current University transcript.
  3. Criteria for acceptance into the Social Work Program:
    1. submission of completed application packet by deadline date of the appropriate semester;
    2. judgment of satisfactory quality of essay and suitability for professional social work by Social Work Faculty Admissions Committee;
    3. a majority of "above average" and "outstanding" ratings on reference forms.

In addition, acceptance into the Social Work Program will be based upon the Social Work Faculty Admissions Committee's assessment of the student's potential for graduating with a B.S.W. degree and the student's interest and commitment to the pursuit of a career in the field of social services. Recommendation of the admissions committee must be approved by faculty vote.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Social Work, B.S.W., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are recommended for this major:

  • PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • SOC 1010 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (54 hours)

Students must earn a C or better in all of the following courses in order to graduate.

  • SW 2570 - Introduction to Social Work

    3 credit hours

    The methods, history, philosophy, and present organization of the social work profession.

  • SW 3000 - Social Policy  3 credit hours  

    SW 3000 - Social Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SW 2570. Emphasis on recurring themes in social welfare policy development processes, historical turning points; societal ethics; causal relationship--social problems, social change, and social welfare policy analytical frameworks for assessing social welfare policy and programs.

  • SW 3110 - Research Methods for Social Work Practice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SW 2570. Research processes; includes information about values for research, knowledge of methods, and opportunities for skill development.

  • SW 3120 - Data Analysis for Social Work Practice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SW 3110. Data analysis and interpretation. Opportunities for skill development in the use of statistical procedures and knowledge of the meaning of results of such procedures. Instruction in computer use for data entry and data analysis.

  • SW 3160 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: Individuals and Families

    3 credit hours

    Major theories of human development across the life span and life course. Ecological relationship of diverse individuals and families with other systems in the social environment described with focus on biological, psychological, and social context and content.

  • SW 3200 - Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3200.) Examines culturally appropriate practice issues that are essential considerations for effective service delivery, including African American families and ethnic subcultures predominant in the U.S.

  • SW 4480 - Social Work with Groups

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 2570, SW 2630, and SW 4580. Group process and group techniques as they apply to social work practice, including both treatment and task groups. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • SW 4580 - Social Work: Practice I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 2570, SW 2630, SW 3000, and SW 3160. Theories and related techniques for beginning-level social work. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • SW 4590 - Field Instruction I

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 2570, SW 2630, SW 3000, SW 3110, SW 3160, SW 3161, SW 3200; SW 4580; completion of all General Education requirements; and senior standing. Student is assigned to a social agency under the joint supervision of agency and instructor with concurrent seminar. Application must be made the preceding semester. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • SW 4650 - Social Work: Practice II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 3110, SW 3120, SW 4580, and senior standing. Theories and related techniques for advanced-level social work practice. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • SW 4680 - Field Instruction II

    9 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 4580, SW 4590, senior standing, and all other major requirements. Second field placement for social work majors. Application must be made the preceding semester. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.) Pass/Fail.

  • SW 4690 - Integrative Seminar in Social Work

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 4590, SW 4650 and SW 4680 or concurrent enrollment. An opportunity for the student, with instructor and peers, to explore the knowledge, values, and skills gained from academic and field experiences and to synthesize and integrate theory and practice. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • Social Work elective 3 credit hours

Electives/Minor (25 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Social Work

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • MATH 1010 - Mathematics for General Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement and is also part of the mathematics sequence for students preparing to become elementary school teachers. Topics include logic, sets, algebraic reasoning, probability, statistics, and consumer mathematics.

  • SOC 1010 - Introductory Sociology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    SOC 1010 - Introductory Sociology

    3 credit hours

    Counts toward General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Covers the central concepts, theories, and methods of sociology. Focuses on social processes and institutions in modern societies. Assists students in understanding and applying this knowledge in their everyday lives.

  • SW 2570 - Introduction to Social Work

    3 credit hours

    The methods, history, philosophy, and present organization of the social work profession.

  • Elective or minor 3 credit hours

 

  • UNIV 1010 - University Seminar  3 credit hours  OR

    UNIV 1010 - University Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Provides information to ease the transition to college during the first semester on campus. Helps student develop strategies for a successful college career.

  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

  • SW 3000 - Social Policy  3 credit hours  

    SW 3000 - Social Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SW 2570. Emphasis on recurring themes in social welfare policy development processes, historical turning points; societal ethics; causal relationship--social problems, social change, and social welfare policy analytical frameworks for assessing social welfare policy and programs.

  • Elective or minor 7 credit hours

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • SW 3110 - Research Methods for Social Work Practice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SW 2570. Research processes; includes information about values for research, knowledge of methods, and opportunities for skill development.

  • SW 3120 - Data Analysis for Social Work Practice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SW 3110. Data analysis and interpretation. Opportunities for skill development in the use of statistical procedures and knowledge of the meaning of results of such procedures. Instruction in computer use for data entry and data analysis.

  • SW 3160 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: Individuals and Families

    3 credit hours

    Major theories of human development across the life span and life course. Ecological relationship of diverse individuals and families with other systems in the social environment described with focus on biological, psychological, and social context and content.

  • SW 3200 - Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3200.) Examines culturally appropriate practice issues that are essential considerations for effective service delivery, including African American families and ethnic subcultures predominant in the U.S.

  • SW 4580 - Social Work: Practice I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 2570, SW 2630, SW 3000, and SW 3160. Theories and related techniques for beginning-level social work. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • Social Work elective 3 credit hours
  • Electives or minor 9 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • SW 4480 - Social Work with Groups

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 2570, SW 2630, and SW 4580. Group process and group techniques as they apply to social work practice, including both treatment and task groups. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • SW 4590 - Field Instruction I

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 2570, SW 2630, SW 3000, SW 3110, SW 3160, SW 3161, SW 3200; SW 4580; completion of all General Education requirements; and senior standing. Student is assigned to a social agency under the joint supervision of agency and instructor with concurrent seminar. Application must be made the preceding semester. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • SW 4650 - Social Work: Practice II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 3110, SW 3120, SW 4580, and senior standing. Theories and related techniques for advanced-level social work practice. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • SW 4680 - Field Instruction II

    9 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 4580, SW 4590, senior standing, and all other major requirements. Second field placement for social work majors. Application must be made the preceding semester. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.) Pass/Fail.

  • SW 4690 - Integrative Seminar in Social Work

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SW 4590, SW 4650 and SW 4680 or concurrent enrollment. An opportunity for the student, with instructor and peers, to explore the knowledge, values, and skills gained from academic and field experiences and to synthesize and integrate theory and practice. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

  • Elective or minor 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 27 Hours

 

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Social Work

SW 2570 - Introduction to Social Work
3 credit hours

The methods, history, philosophy, and present organization of the social work profession.

SW 2630 - Interviewing Skills for Social Work Practice
3 credit hours

An introduction to principles and processes of social work practice including interviewing and developing relationships.

SW 3000 - Social Policy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SW 2570. Emphasis on recurring themes in social welfare policy development processes, historical turning points; societal ethics; causal relationship--social problems, social change, and social welfare policy analytical frameworks for assessing social welfare policy and programs.

SW 3050 - Women and Poverty
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: WGST 2100 or SW 2570. Predominant theories, policies, and programs dealing with poverty among women. Explores the effects of poverty on women in addition to a general knowledge of poverty; ageism, sexism, and racism in relation to poverty; historical treatment of women and views of poverty.

SW 3100 - International Social Work
3 credit hours

International dimensions of social work. Explores the impact of globalization on social work problems. Includes status of women, aging populations, family breakdown, drug addiction, child abuse and neglect, poverty, and emerging problems such as civil strife, ethnic cleansing, resettlement, and AIDS.

SW 3110 - Research Methods for Social Work Practice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SW 2570. Research processes; includes information about values for research, knowledge of methods, and opportunities for skill development.

SW 3120 - Data Analysis for Social Work Practice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SW 3110. Data analysis and interpretation. Opportunities for skill development in the use of statistical procedures and knowledge of the meaning of results of such procedures. Instruction in computer use for data entry and data analysis.

SW 3160 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: Individual
3 credit hours

Major theories of human development across the life span and life course. Ecological relationship of diverse individuals and families with other systems in the social environment described with focus on biological, psychological, and social context and content.

SW 3161 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Groups, O
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SW 3160. Builds on concepts learned in SW 3160. Presents theories on and about the development, structure, and function of small groups, organizations, and communities and how they interrelate eco-systemically with individuals and families.

SW 3170 - Family Caregiving Across the Life Span
3 credit hours

Caregivers--gender roles, cost of caregiving, managing stress, respite care, finding recourses, financial and legal matters, establishing support groups, differential caregiving tips for various illnesses and disabilities from infancy to old age, emerging trends, and long distance caregiving.

SW 3200 - Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice
3 credit hours

(Same as AAS 3200.) Examines culturally appropriate practice issues that are essential considerations for effective service delivery, including African American families and ethnic subcultures predominant in the U.S.

SW 3250 - School Social Work
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SW 2570 and SW 2630. Introduces social work students to practice in school settings. Examines various roles of social workers in school systems and the specifics of practicing with students from 3-21 years of age in individual, group, and organizational level interventions.

SW 4150 - Topics in Social Work
3 credit hours

Selected topics important in current social work practice but too specialized to be taught as regularly scheduled courses.

SW 4200 - Creativity and Personal Growth
3 credit hours

Introduces the creative process and the use of that process in the development of self-awareness and empathetic relationships with others.

SW 4430 - Social Work with the Terminally Ill
3 credit hours

Factors and principles involved with the terminally ill which should stimulate students to learn and think about what he/she values and anticipates experiencing in the area of medical social work.

SW 4440 - Social Work with the Disabled Individual
3 credit hours

The effects of disability on the individual, the family, and society. An examination of a variety of intervention strategies from a social work perspective.

SW 4480 - Social Work with Groups
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SW 2570, SW 2630, and SW 4580. Group process and group techniques as they apply to social work practice, including both treatment and task groups. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

SW 4580 - Social Work: Practice I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SW 2570, SW 2630, SW 3000, and SW 3160. Theories and related techniques for beginning-level social work. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

SW 4590 - Field Instruction I
6 credit hours

Prerequisites: SW 2570, SW 2630, SW 3000, SW 3110, SW 3160, SW 3161, SW 3200; SW 4580; completion of all General Education requirements; and senior standing. Student is assigned to a social agency under the joint supervision of agency and instructor with concurrent seminar. Application must be made the preceding semester. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

SW 4620 - Child Welfare Services
3 credit hours

The contemporary child welfare system and services designed to strengthen families. Historical trends, policy issues, and child advocacy.

SW 4640 - Health: Organizations, Policy, and Ethics
3 credit hours

(Same as SOC 4640.) A resource allocation assessment of U.S. health care systems. Applied ethics topics (i.e., justice, virtue, and informed consent) included.

SW 4650 - Social Work: Practice II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SW 3110, SW 3120, SW 4580, and senior standing. Theories and related techniques for advanced-level social work practice. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

SW 4680 - Field Instruction II
9 credit hours

Prerequisites: SW 4580, SW 4590, senior standing, and all other major requirements. Second field placement for social work majors. Application must be made the preceding semester. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.) Pass/Fail.

SW 4690 - Integrative Seminar in Social Work
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SW 4590, SW 4650 and SW 4680 or concurrent enrollment. An opportunity for the student, with instructor and peers, to explore the knowledge, values, and skills gained from academic and field experiences and to synthesize and integrate theory and practice. (Must be admitted to Social Work program.)

SW 4720 - Crisis Intervention
3 credit hours

The basis of crisis theory applied to intervention services for suicide, rape, natural disasters, and other crises.

SW 4800 - Special Projects
1 to 6 credit hours

Field experiences or reading courses through which special interests or needs of the student may be pursued under individual supervision. Arrangements must be made with an instructor prior to registration.

Mission Statement

The undergraduate Social Work Program will provide a learning environment where students are taught to think critically, be creative, participate actively in their education, and grow as individuals while respecting the rapidly changing and diverse world in which they will live and practice social work. Class work and special student work experiences must demonstrate how to relate effectively to all types of people and to appreciate how emotional, social, economic, political, and spiritual forces influence the behavior of those we are helping. We strive to develop competent, ethical professionals with the knowledge, values and skills for effective practice with individuals, families, groups and communities, and who can provide outstanding leadership in the field of social services.

Program Goals

  1. To prepare a diverse student population for generalist social work practice to serve client systems of various sizes and types. This includes value based direct services to diverse populations at risk to facilitate the reduction of poverty, oppression and discrimination that will promote social and economic justice.
  2. To provide a flexible educational program that increases the students understanding of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual variables that affect the person within the environment and the community, which will include the history of social welfare and the social work profession, its policies, structures, and issues.
  3. To develop analytical skills and critical thinking that will encourage active participation in the development, evaluation, and improvement of evidence-based social work knowledge and skills through research aimed at disseminating knowledge and advancing social work practice.
  4. To prepare graduates to foster their commitment to lifelong learning and development of social work knowledge, values, and skills, with effective supervision, which will empower them and their clients.
  5. To experientially assist students in developing self-awareness and their ability to deal effectively with the stressors of social work practice.

Social Work Core Competencies

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Contact and Student Information

Dian White
Dian.White@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2868

Natalie Neel
Natalie.Neel@mtsu.edu
615-898-4806 | CKNB 108

Department of Social Work
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 139
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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