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Social work students at Thomas University

Social Work (BSW)


Thomas University’s degree in Social Work provides students individualized instruction through a low student/faculty ratio in classes.  Our flexible class schedule is especially convenient for working adults looking to transition careers.

Social Work is a diverse and unique profession encompassing the power to make a difference in others’ lives.  There are many vital needs that social workers help to address from child abuse to family counseling, legislative advocacy, and sexual assault issues to name just a few.  They interact with everyone – children, teens, families, the elderly. Wherever there is a population in need, social workers are there.  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 regarding a career in social work, download our Information Sheet.

This major is also offered as a 2+2 program on the campus of Tallahassee Community College (TCC).

Completion of this program provides students with the ability to pursue a graduate degree in Social Work 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.

+Accreditation

TU’s Social Work’s program curriculum is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

CSWE sets rigorous accreditation benchmarks for all of the 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:

  • 1 = No or minimal competency
  • 2 = Some competency
  • 3 = Expected competency for a BSW graduate
  • 4 = Integrated competency displayed consistently
  • 5 = Role model for competency behavior

Our benchmark goal in our evaluation is to have 100% of our graduates achieve at least a 3 or above.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

+FAQs

Why should I seek a degree in social work from Thomas University?
Thomas University offers a degree in social work 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 Masters of Social Work (MSW) program. This may allow the student to skip courses in their Master’s 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 was fully accredited by CSWE in 2009 and has been re-accredited until the year 2021.  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. In social work, we use the “generalist” perspective which means use whatever information, technology or resource that is 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 they are in that helped to cause their problem.

+Admissions

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 admissions@thomasu.edu.

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1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

This major prepares graduates for beginning professional social work jobs in public and private agencies as generalist social workers working with individuals, families, groups and communities. Students complete field practica, research and 12 credit hours spent in field internship.GENERAL EDUCATION
  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Oral Communication for Professionals
  • University Studies
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Math/Science electives (2 classes)
  • Social Science elective (1 courses)
  • Cultural Foundation electives (2 courses)
  • Creativity electives (2 courses)
MAJOR COURSES
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals: Generalist Practice I
  • Social Work Practice with Families: Generalist Practice II
  • Social Work Practice with Groups: Generalist Practice III
  • Social Work Practice with Communities & Organizations: Gen. Practice IV
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Ethical Issues in Human Services
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Field Practicum I (fall)
  • Field Practicum II (spring)
  • Senior Seminar I (fall)
  • Senior Seminar II (spring)
  • Open Electives
TOTAL CREDITS 120 Credits CIP Code 45.0101
Thomas University (TU) 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. Classes meet on the TCC campus and are able to utilize all TCC classroom resources. Thomas University offers the last two years of the Social Work bachelor's degree on the Tallahassee Community College Campus. Students who complete their associates degree at TCC are eligible to begin junior-level coursework. 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.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics separates social workers in to four categories:
  • Child, Family and School
  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • All Other Social Workers
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. Social Work Career Opportunities

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