MSW students at the 2015 Midsouth Pride Parade
Midsouth Social Work Professional Development Initiative (MSW-PDI)
2016 Social Work Day on the Hill (SWDOTH), with the BA student that was awarded NSAW undergraduate student of the year for the state of Tennessee.
MSW students at graduation, May, 2016
Two May 2016 graduates of the MSW program

Welcome to the Department of Social Work

NASW launches a new initiative to promote healthy minds & bodies.

Healthy Minds & Bodies

As part of this campaign, they have released a mini-documentary that explores how social workers help people improve their mental health and team with doctors to promote health and wellness. Check it out below.

Statement on the End of DACA

The Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis, in accordance with the values and ethics of the profession of social work, joins the many voices saddened by the end of DACA and expresses our strongest support and commitment to the young men and women impacted by this decision.

Driven by Doing Social Justice

The Department of Social Work resides in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy within the College of Arts & Sciences. The Program offers two degree programs. The Bachelors of Arts in Social Work program and the Master of Social Work program are both fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).


Creating a just world through innovative scholarship, quality education, and community engagement.


The Department of Social Work seeks to be a leader in social work education by: preparing students with cutting-edge social work skills necessary to practice in complex settings; creating knowledge through research and engaged scholarship; reducing poverty, inequality, and social and economic injustice through evidence based practices; and addressing the needs of the Mid-South within a global perspective.

Diversity Statement

The Department of Social Work is committed to embracing diversity in every aspect of our functioning and programming. We understand diversity as the intersection of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We make a concerted and deliberate effort to include a diverse student body and faculty across all axes of difference. We endeavor to create a welcoming environment of inclusiveness and respect for difference not only in background and demographics, but in point of view and opinion.

Read our first program report, "The Mid-South Provocateur."

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