Social Work is about helping people-children, families, older adults, and whole communities. The social work program prepares students for entry level professional positions in a diversity of public and private settings, including child advocacy and welfare, children and youth counseling, school social work, medical social work, church social work, missions, foster care and adoptions, geriatric social work, and mental health. The program prepares students to empower people, particularly those who are vulnerable, to achieve a better "fit" with their world and to help the world to be more responsive to the needs of people. The program emphasizes the importance of a liberal arts foundation and of Christian and social work values that promote social and economic justice. READ MORE
The major also emphasizes preparation for graduate study. Graduates from the BSW program are eligible to apply for advanced standing in graduate programs leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.
The School of Social Work educates and equips comptent, compassionate, and effective social workers to be transformative leaders who enhance human well-being and promote social justice.
The Bachelor of Social Work program prepares competent and effective professionals for leadership in generalist practice. In a context of Christian higher education, the program fosters compassionate service, promotes social and economic justice, and equips students for excellence in social work practice.
The Bachelor of Social Work Program and Master of Social Work Program at Union University are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Advisor: Mary Anne Poe
Phi Alpha, Eta Phi chapter, is the National Honor Society for Social Work students which fosters high standards of education for social workers and welcomes membership to those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. BSW majors with an overall GPA of at least 3.4 and a social work GPA of at least 3.7 are eligible to become members prior to enrollment in Field Practicum. Graduate students with an overall GPA of 3.8 are eligible upon successful completion of SW-690 Field III, and upon faculty approval.
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Wilson
Social Work Reaches Out is for students majoring in social work and for those interested in social work.The organization assists in developing professional social work identity and provides an opportunity to be involved in volunteer community social service. Social service opportunities include child mentoring and advocacy,nursing home activities,community organizing,and resource development. The organization gives students regular opportunity to interact with others having similar interests.