Social Work

Social Work

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Empathic, responsible, competent social workers, ready to change the world…

The Tennessee Wesleyan University social work program provides the foundation for those who want to make a difference in the world to benefit others, one person at a time. Students in the Bachelor of Social Work program have caring hearts, personal experiences and a level of understanding that there are injustices in the world.


Program Description

The social work major is intended for students who will seek employment in a social work-related profession upon completion of the undergraduate degree and/or continue as a graduate student in social work or a related field. As a licensure program, the TWU Social Work Program will prepare students to take the BSW State Licensure exam in the state where they plan to practice.


Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for the state exam through each state’s regulatory board and accrediting agencies. Upon the successful completion of the exam, students will become Licensed Bachelor Social Workers (LBSW). Advanced standing graduates have the potential to complete graduate school in just one year following graduation from TWU.


Field Education

The Field Education program is designed to provide students the opportunity to put their skills and knowledge to practice in a real world setting through 400 hours of Field Placement in a practice setting.


Career Opportunities



The TWU Social Work Program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation, 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457. Phone: 703-683-8080.


Application Process

The Social Work Program Application Process is be open from November 1 - February 15. Social work students typically complete 2 years of general core curriculum and apply for the program to be started in their junior year. 


Minimum requirements include: 

•Completion of Social Work major courses: Introduction to Social Work, Introduction to Psychology or equivalent courses with C- or better in each course 

•Completion of Personal Statement 

•40 credit hours completed 

•BSW Social Work Program application


Social Work Program Assessment Outcomes


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Family Systems in Social Work

Family Systems explores the systemic approach to family therapy. Students will explore the context and history of family therapy, family systems, and the theories and techniques of systemic therapy, as well as those pioneers who were theorists in each field. A segment on the ethical practice of marital and family therapy is included. 

Substance Abuse and Addictive Behaviors

A survey course that explores the range of behaviors that constitutes addiction. Topics will include use and abuse of psychoactive drugs, sports drugs, sexual addiction, addictive gambling behaviors, obsessive eating behaviors, along with internet, and other technology associated with obsessions. Overview will include historical and present social basis of addiction, the addictive process, screening & assessment, and current treatment perspectives.

Ethics and Client Rights

Course is designed to help students deal with professional and ethical issues that most affect the actual practice of counseling and related helping professions. Areas of focus include issues in multicultural counseling, informed consent and client rights, guidelines for working with special populations, and implications of the AIDS crisis for clinical practice. Designed to teach a process of ethical decision-making and to increase awareness of the complexities in practice.