Welcome to the Thomas University Social Work Program!
Persons entering the social work profession usually have an enjoyment of working with people, a strong and sincere interest in helping these people and an interest in improving the community. If this describes you, then you are a perfect candidate to pursue the BSW at Thomas University!
Our diverse faculty is committed to preparing culturally-competent professionals to effect positive change with their clients and community. We utilize existing and emerging online technologies to deliver a high-quality education to our students.
TU’s Social Work program has a low student-to-faculty ratio and a flexible class schedule to meet the needs of full-time students and full-time professionals. Students now have three options to complete the BSW degree by taking courses (1) on-campus, (2) on-campus & online or (3) totally online. In addition, the BSW requires 400 field practicum hours with our community-partner agencies
TU’s program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This accreditation provides an option for BSW graduates to earn their Master of Social Work degree in one year instead of two years.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for professional social workers is forecasted to increase in the next 10 years by at least 11 percent, which is much faster than the national average, with a median annual salary of $50,470. Now is the time for students to enter our program, complete the BSW degree and embark on a rewarding career as a social worker!
I look forward to working with you as you prepare for your Social Work career.
Debra L. Gresham, Ph.D. MSW
Program Director for Social Work
Social Work is a diverse and unique profession encompassing the power to make a difference in others’ lives and in communities. There are many areas where social workers are employed such as mental health, social justice, family counseling and legislative advocacy. Thomas University ensures its graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and ethics necessary to serve individuals, families, organizations and communities.
For more detailed information on practice areas, see the Information Sheet.
This major is also offered as a 2+2 program on the campus of Tallahassee Community College (TCC).
Completion of this degree provides students with the ability to pursue a graduate degree in Social Work (MSW) and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Students can also apply directly to the TU Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program.
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Thomas University is part of the University Center at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) to enable students in Tallahassee to seek at 4 year degree on the TCC Campus.
TU@TCC students are both Thomas University students and TCC students – you are able to utilize the resources at both campuses. This means TU@TCC students are able to access the Learning Center, gym, student union activities, and all services.
TU classes meet on the TCC campus. Thomas University offers the last two years of the Social Work bachelor’s degree on the Tallahassee Community College Campus.
Students who complete their Associate degree at TCC are eligible to begin junior-level coursework with TU. The Associate degree can be in any discipline.
Students with an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college other than TCC are also eligible to begin this program.
TU is licensed by the State of Florida.
TU’s BSW curriculum is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
CSWE sets rigorous accreditation benchmarks for all social work programs in the country and is considered the “gold standard” for social work education.
All programs (BSW and MSW) are required to have a field internship component to their curriculum. All BSW programs must have a minimum of 400 hours of field practicum experience.
Assessment of Student Outcomes:
All CSWE programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training.
Our assessment is the final evaluation by field placement (internship) supervisors of student performance at the end of the student’s senior year. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.
Students are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5 regarding their overall competency in a given area with:
Our benchmark goal in our evaluation is to have 100% of our graduates achieve at least a 3 or above.
Why should I seek the BSW degree from Thomas University?
Thomas University offers the BSW degree that guarantees you a low student/faculty ratio in your classes and a flexible class schedule designed to accommodate the needs of full-time students and full-time professionals. Our faculty is experienced in supporting first generation students, working parents and other interested groups in obtaining their BSW degree. Our curriculum is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)–which means you are receiving a degree that is as rigorous as any accredited program in the country.
What characteristics do you look for in a student who is interested in the BSW program at Thomas University?
That’s a great question! The most important characteristic is that you are interested in helping people, and you are open to learning about new ways facilitate these practices. To accomplish this, you will need to take risks and be flexible by trying new things (interviewing people, asking the correct questions) and be open to receiving feedback regarding areas of improvement. One must possess several key characteristics in order to properly excel: studious, as well as being able to critically examine research in order to discern the best ways to help people, knowledge of computers, as many of our program elements are online. One must also be willing to work hard on developing communication skills – both written and verbal – as that is the most important quality cited by employers about valued employees in this field. Lastly and most importantly, one needs to be a responsible and ethical professional who realizes that behavior not only affects ones’ self, but those you serve.
What does accreditation do for me?
Accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) enables professionals and other schools to know that you have achieved a certain standard of excellence in your education. Accreditation also enables graduating BSW students to be considered for “advanced standing” in a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. This may allow the student to skip courses in their Master degree studies and obtain a MSW in a full calendar year (summer, fall, spring). However, please note that accreditation does not guarantee a student advance standing – MSW programs decide that on a case-by-case basis.
Thomas University’s program has been fully accredited by CSWE since 2005. A CSWE accreditation is considered the “gold standard” of social work education, entailing the achievement of numerous benchmarks and achievements.
What makes social work different than other helping professions?
All of the helping professions seek to assist persons using a knowledge base of expertise developed by researchers. Social workers use the “generalist” perspective which means using information, technology or resources that are ethical, effective and available to help the client. We utilize a “person in environment” or “ecosystems” approach which maintains that in order to help someone, you must also deal with the situation that contributed to causing their problem.
Students with no prior college, please provide an official high school transcript or GED. Students with prior college credit must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges.
Send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an increase of 16% in this field through 2026. The largest number of positions are expected to specialize in helping children and families or work in school settings.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Graduates of this program are also prepared to pursue master’s degrees in a variety of human service careers such as Social Work, Psychology, and Counseling.