Social Work Program

Have you every felt like you want to work with people, but are just not quite sure of the best major?  Maybe you feel called to “ministry,” just not behind the pulpit.  Perhaps you have considered counseling individuals or married couples, working with children in schools or who are in trouble with the law, helping immigrants to the United States, feeding the hungry, ministering to the homeless, helping couples adopt a child, working with teens who are struggling with alcohol or drug addictions, or maybe going overseas to work in a third world country.  If any of these sound interesting to you then consider social work as a major!  Social work teaches you the basic skills of working with people and provides you the opportunity to serve God in so many different occupations.

Trevecca Nazarene University's Social Work Program has been officially accepted into candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.

Stewards of Children® Training Event

Trevecca Nazarene University and the Tennessee Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers hosted an adult child abuse prevention program on Friday October 25, 2013. Stewards of Children teaches adults how to prevent,
recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.




  • Trevecca Nazarene University's Social Work Program has been officially accepted into candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Social work seniors have the opportunity to do their senior field practicum at a variety of settings.  This year seniors served at Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Renewal House; Catholic Charities Refugee Services; Fifty Forward; Youth Villages; The Next Door; and Catholic Charities Child Welfare, to name a few!
  • The Social Work Program at Trevecca continues to move forward in its pursuit of professional accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  The Program was voted into candidacy in October of 2011.
  • Friday, February 1, 2013 the Social Work Club sponsored "Darkness to Light," a presentation to help prevent child abuse. The presentation was free and open to all.  For more information go to
  • Student Kimmy Hobaugh had a wonderful practicum experience at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, which provides housing for people dealing with cancer.  To read her story, please follow this link:  Kimmy Hobaugh Hope Lodge
  • Fall 2012 found Dr. Ron Maurer, director of the Social Work Program, on sabbatical.  Ron and his wife Jacque traveled to Trinidad & Tobago, Kenya, and Japan using their skills as professional educators to train pastors and leaders of the colleges and churches in these areas. Ron was able to send back wonderful stories of their challenges and blessings via email. 
  • September, 2012 launched the Social Work Club's campaign, "Bring the Briefs." Packages of briefs and boxers were collected to benefit Room at the Inn, a charity that provides shelter and clothing for adult men. Students and faculty contributed many packages and these efforts were greatly appreciated!
  • Spring 2012 the Social Work Club sold beautiful, hand-made bracelets and bookmarks for "Threads of Hope, Inc."  These woven items were crafted by the men, women and children of the impoverished areas of the Philippines. The purchase of bracelets and bookmarks gave back to their communities so they could provide for themselves and the futures of their children.
  • Professors Ron Maurer and Jamie Casler led a group of 10 students October, 2011, for a one week class in Trinidad. The trip included class sessions each evening where the students learned about social work and social justice issues from a cross-cultural perspective as they interacted with students from various islands in the West Indies. Students also visited places of cultural significance, experienced West Indies food, and participated in various work projects.
  • Ron Maurer, PhD, spent two weeks in Trinidad and Tobago during summer 2011 helping West Indies Theological College restructure their social work and three other academic programs.  He was joined by professors from three other universities.

Course Descriptions

SWK 1200 - An Introduction to Social Work (3)
An introduction to the profession of social work and its role within the field of social welfare. Models of generalist social work practice, history of social welfare, summaries of human behavior theories, concepts of social work research, and knowledge of at-risk client populations are introduced.

SWK 2200 - Working with Individuals (3)
An introduction to the basic principles and processes needed to work with individuals. Focus is on generic problem-solving processes, including interviewing and developing relationships, used in helping people with problems in daily living.

SWK 2250 - Introduction to Community Service (3)
Student participation in a local social welfare agency setting which includes 60 hours of volunteer service. Students learn about the work of the agency in the community and they have the opportunity to learn firsthand about working with different kinds of people. Classroom seminar accompanies this initial experience in the field. Arrangements with the agency must be made the preceding semester.

SWK 2300 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)
Designed to enhance the student's understanding of the individual, group, family, and cultural influences on human behavior. Its purpose is to analyze normal human growth and development from the pre-natal stage through later adulthood with a focus on the influence of the social environment and subsequently to define practice implications. The impact of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, diversity, and other oppressed groups are studied with an emphasis on at-risk populations. Christian perspectives on human behavior and the social environment and its related practice theory will be considered throughout.

SWK 3200 - Working with Groups (3)
Teaches the foundations of social work practice with groups. Group process and techniques are taught as they apply to working with various kinds of groups. Designed to enable the future helping professional to meet the challenge of working with groups and includes a practicum experience to assist in this process.

SWK 3300 - Human Sexual Behavior and Intimate Relationships (3)
An examination of the nature and meaning of human sexuality as part of one's total personality structure and how this relates to intimate relationships. Consideration will be given physiological, social, and cultural aspects of human sexual nature and behaviors. As such, particular attention will be given to identifying what constitutes healthy and successful sexuality within relationships.

SWK 3500 - Social Welfare Policy (3)
A detailed study of the history of social welfare, an initiation of problem-focused analyses of current social welfare policies and programs, followed by student formulation of a policy for the future.

SWK 4200 - Working with Communities and Organizations (3)
The third course in a three-semester course continuum for beginning practice in the field of social work.  Theory and models of practice on a macro level, planning, and social work administration are emphasized.  Macro interventions with oppressed groups are explored.

SWK 4330 - Directed Study in Social Work (1-3)
Individualized study which provides opportunity for social work majors to pursue research and other interests not available in regular course work.

SWK 4400 - Senior Field Practicum (9-12)
A 360-480 hour field practicum supervised by a faculty liaison and an agency-based field instructor with the M.S.W. degree.  Arrangements with the agency must be made in April of preceding year.

SWK 4450 - Senior Seminar in Social Work (3)
The coordinating seminar, taken concurrently with SWK 4400, Senior Field Practicum, to enable the student to synthesize practice skills acquired in the field with theories, knowledge and values learned in the classroom.
SWK 4600 - Special Topics in Social Work (1-3)                                                
Designed to provide topics of interest and currently relevant and that are not normally part of the curriculum. These are elective courses that may be offered on a one-time basis or irregularly. Topics will come from the fields of social work, but may be relevant to criminal justice, psychology, sociology, and others.

Program Requirements

Following are the core courses (totaling 48 credit hours) that must be completed by Social Work majors:
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Social Science Statistics
US Cultural and Ethnic Diversity
Human Growth and Development
Research Design and Methods
General Sociology
Working with Individuals
Advanced Family Relationships
Introduction to Community Service
Working with Groups
Social Welfare Policy
Working with Communities and Organizations
Senior Field Practicum
Senior Seminar
Peoples and Cultures of the World

Strongly Recommended:
Family in Society
Social Problems
Urban Sociology
Drugs and Behavior
Human Sexual Behavior and Intimate Relationships
Principles of Counseling
Abnormal Psychology

Social Work Club

The Social Work Club exists to provide students opportunities to participate in compassionate ministry projects and serve the community around Trevecca.

The club consists of social work majors/minors, compassionate ministry minors, and other students that might be interested in the social work field. As one of the goals, the club hopes to increase campus awareness on the vital social issues in the world around us and information on what the profession of social work has to offer.

Meetings are typically held once a month by the president and club sponsors (social work professors). The most recent activities have consisted of a warm coat/outerwear drive during Homecoming week where donations are given to benefit refugees through a local organization. Also, there is now a formal Social Work newsletter that is distributed monthly. It is distributed electronically as well as different places on campus.

Within the club, there is a special bonding for social work majors that share similar interests. In the 2010 fall semester, the Social Work professors hosted an evening party for the social work club members which was a great opportunity to have fun and socialize with others in the social work field. Together, members provide support for one another as they are beginning to pursue a professional career. There is always a possibility for networking within and outside the group for those who are pursuing job/practicum/internship opportunities.

Currently, the members are working on designing club T-shirts that will remind all people that "everyone has value and worth."  We are always looking for service project ideas! Contact us for any suggestions or questions!

NASW Code of Ethics

NASW Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice

Intro to Community Practice Manuals and Forms

Senior Practicum Manuals and Forms

Program Application

Scholarship Opportunities

Licensure Information

Social Work Handbook

Field Instructor Training Information