Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Attention New Social Work Students!

If you are interested in learning more about the Social Work program, we will be hosting a SWRK Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm in the UC Iris Room (338). Topics for the event will include advising, what to expect in the major, coursework overview, professionalism in the field, and field experience. This is an informal event where students will have the ability to ask questions of the BA SWRK faculty. Pizza and drinks will be served. We hope to see you there!


BA Social Work Mission

The mission the baccalaureate social work program is to prepare students for entry level generalist practice.

Goal Statement

Provide a strong foundation for students who wish to pursue social work education at the graduate level. Social service and life experiences may not be substituted for any social work course. The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Program Objectives

• Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice
• Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles
• Practice without discrimination to needs of diverse clientele
• Apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice


Are You Interested in a Career in Child Welfare?   

DCS Tuition Assistance Program

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services (DCS) offers a Tuition Assistance Program for undergraduate social work students interested in the field of child welfare. Eligible students can receive 3-4 semesters of tuition and stipend assistance from DCS in exchange for the student's agreement to work for DCS for 18-24 months after graduation. Students can apply when they have 3-4 semesters remaining in their program of study (as of Fall 2017). Students will be required to take SWRK 4934 (Child Welfare Policy/Services) and SWRK 4935 (Child Welfare II). In addition, they must complete their field placement with DCS. DCS is accepting applications for admission to the program for students who would be eligible to join the program in Fall 2017. The application deadline for Fall 2017 is June 15, 2017. All applications must be submitted directly to DCS no later than June 15. If interested, please complete the forms that are available here.


                                                   2017 Child Welfare

DCS Program Specialist Brittany Buchanan visited the Department of Social Work on March 15 and 16, 2017 to discuss the Tuition Assistance Program. Second to the left, Mrs. Buchanan poses with social work students in Professor Cherry Malone's "Child Welfare Practice II" course. Students interested in learning more about the DCS Tuition Assistance Program can contact Mrs. Buchanan directly at or at (615) 571-3564.


Lambuth Social Work Society: Organization for University of Memphis Lambuth Campus Students

The Department of Social Work is happy to announce that through the efforts of our engaged students, the UofM Lambuth Campus is now home to the Lambuth Social Work Society! Social work majors and interested students are welcomed to join. Please visit the Society website or facebook page to get involved.