The School of Social Work offers the degrees of Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Master of Social Work (MSW), and PhD in Social Work.
The School of Social Work is housed in Little Hall in the central area of the University campus. Classrooms, administrative offices, and some faculty offices are located in Little Hall. The building is designed to provide access into and mobility within for persons with physical disabilities. Other faculty offices and the PhD program are located on the first floor of Farrah Hall, just across the street from Little Hall.
The Social Work Librarian’s office is located in Room 200 at Little Hall. As always, if you wish to make an appointment please email Lynn Tobola.
The undergraduate program in social work was approved in 1969 and placed within the School of Social Work in 1970. In 1974, the Council on Social Work Education first accredited the undergraduate program. The program was re-accredited in 2011 for eight years, the maximum period for accreditation.
The Council on Social Work Education first accredited the MSW program in 1969, and the first class received master’s degrees that same year. The program was re-accredited in 2011 for the maximum period of eight years. The first class of 27 MSW social workers graduated in 1969. Since that time, nearly 3,000 MSW degrees have been added.
The doctoral program began as a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program in 1975 to prepare teachers and researchers for the social work profession. Over the years, recognizing the need for increased emphasis on research within the profession, the faculty substantially revised the program. As of 1992, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) has been conferred. The doctoral program is affiliated with the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE) in social work.
The School offers field placements throughout the state of Alabama and occasionally in neighboring states. Through a cooperative agreement with Hong Kong Shue Yan University since 1982, the School also offers the first year of the MSW degree (including field-education) in Hong Kong. The School additionally offers second year graduate students the opportunity to complete field education in Washington, DC. The D.C. placements are assigned jointly between the field office and the on-site coordinator.