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Social Work

Want to Make a Difference in People's Lives?

Develop Real-World Social Work Skills to Help Others

Being a social worker means empowering society's most vulnerable members and helping them overcome challenges.

In our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program, you'll train as a social work generalist - meaning you'll be prepared to assist individuals, families, groups and communities function successfully, helping them deal with a vast array of obstacles.

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January 2023 Adult Degree Program Start Date

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Why Study Social Work at Belmont?

  • Earn your bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program that meets high standards in preparing you for the social work field.
  • Our student-faculty ratio is 20:1, which allows for the kind of personal attention required for quality social work education.
  • Our students receive exceptional professional training at more than 50 field placement sites throughout Middle Tennessee. Students, along with the Field Director, choose quality field placements to practice their social work skills.
  • Position yourself to fast track your Master of Social Work as an advanced standing student, saving you time and money as you continue preparing for your career.

Gain Skills & Expertise

Here's a sample of what you'll do in our Social Work Program:

  • Develop generalist social work skills and techniques in: crisis intervention, group-work, problem-solving with individuals and families.
  • Apply generalist social work skills in working with specific populations such as children, the aging, those affected by substance abuse.
  • Gain real-world social work experience with field work placements in local social service agencies.
  • Explore the study of spiritual formation for the individual as the social worker, examining the importance of acknowledging the spiritual with clients, and addressing issues that one must be sensitive to and work with using the strengths perspective.
  • Develop social work problem solving, with a focus on community development, organizational management, leadership, and grant writing.

Gordon E. Inman College Of Health Sciences & Nursing

In addition to the expertise of our Adult Degree Program staff, you'll also have access to the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing’ caring social work faculty, who are experienced social work practitioners. The Gordon E. Inman College of Health Science provides cutting edge health care education with an innovative curriculum, comprehensive clinical preparation and state-of-the-art facilities. 

A social work faculty advisor will meet with you regularly to discuss your academic, field work and career interests, and you will be supported by the Belmont's Center for Career & Professional Development while you're at Belmont and after you leave! Check out some of our social work alumni success stories. 

Social Work Career Paths

94% of Belmont's social work graduates were employed, pursuing continuing education, or enlisted in the military within 6 months of graduation. This rate far exceeds the current national average of 81%.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029. Social work careers for BSW prepared social workers include: 

Case Manager, Community Organizer, Crisis Intervention Specialist, Family Court Officer, Group Home Supervisor. Home Care Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Residential Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor.
Organizations Where You Could Work

Nashville and Middle Tennessee is a strong region for social work jobs and internships. Our graduates have found careers in organizations like these:

The Alcohol and Drug Council, Vanderbilt Child Development, Parthenon Pavilion, Family and Children's Services, American Red Cross, YWCA Woodhaven, Jewish Family Services, Centerstone Mental Health Center, Siloam Health Clinic, Second Harvest Food Bank, The Next Door, Catholic Charities, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Park Center, Mental Health Co-op, Three Springs Outdoor Therapeutic School, Blakeford Senior Living, AmeriCorps, Oasis Center, Maury Regional Health, Rend Collective, Lawrence House and Edu Africa.

Many students also pursue the MSW degree in advanced placement programs all over the country.


CSWE Accreditation

The Social Work Department at Belmont University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

• CSWE Outcomes Assessment

Belmont University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Belmont University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (