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Social & Behavioral Sciences

Social Work

Social Work is a profession that assists individuals, families, groups and communities in need. Thus, a social worker's role includes helping people improve, and restore their capacity to function in society. This may entail assessment, counseling, education, and research.

Social workers have the flexibility to work in a variety of settings such as medical, psychiatric, academic and community based social service agencies. The degree is highly competitive, and the prospects for employment are expected to grow due to the increasing needs of the aging population, and the retirement of current professionals.

In order to obtain the designation of Social Worker, a minimum education requirement is a bachelor's in social work degree (BSW). A master's degree in social work (MSW) is an advanced degree typically required for employment in health and school settings and is required for the practice of clinical work.

The Tennessee Transfer Path program allows you to continue your studies by transferring to any participating four-year institution to work toward a bachelor's degree. Your advisor can provide additional information regarding transfer options in and out of state.

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