Welcome to the Division of Social Work
Bill Milford, MSW
Division Chair - Social Work
Hi and welcome to the Division of Social Work at Thomas University! We are a small and growing program of enthusiastic students and skilled faculty who are dedicated to changing the world – one person at a time. We are an accredited program by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) which means we achieved the gold standard in social work education. We are focused on providing students with a quality and rigorous education that will challenge and empower them to provide a lifetime of service to others.
Receiving a Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) from Thomas University means that you will master the core competencies of social work by academic achievement in the classroom, and also by the behavior you demonstrate at a supervised Field Internship at an agency in the community. During your senior year, all social work majors must participate in field experience practicum for at least 200 hours a semester for two semesters (400 hours total). Field education is considered the “signature pedagogy” in social work and is a wonderful way for students to receive real life experience, skills, and references for future employment and graduate school.
We pride ourselves at Thomas University at being a “student centered” teaching institution. Our collaboration with students in their educational process has led to Thomas having one of the highest graduation and retention rates in the country for a school our size. This comes from students and faculty being good communicators and having a mutual investment in the student’s success. Students must come prepared to work hard and work smart.
I look forward to personally greeting you and welcoming you to our program. We offer classes with extended hours – both onsite and online. We also have recently established an off-site location at Tallahassee Community College for the convenience of students living and working there.
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – learning how to used evidenced based research and practice skills to help others. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step – we hope that first step will be here with us at the Division of Social Work at Thomas University!