The Bachelor of Science in social work is a generalist professional degree rooted in the values of service and social justice. With a bachelor’s degree, social workers can practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. This versatile and practical degree equips students with the theoretical and skills-based education they need to empower those who have been marginalized and oppressed.
According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet basic and complex needs of all people, with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty. Social workers help relieve and alleviate people's suffering, fight for social justice and improve lives and communities.
- Graduate with the skills you need to make an impact as a servant leader in one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States.
- Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience, and who make an effort to know you personally.
- Take advantage of Trevecca’s accreditation status with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which also offers an accelerated path for a graduate degree in social work.
What to Expect
Our bachelor of science in social work gives you the foundation to bring empowerment and wholeness to individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
The social work program at Trevecca is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which is supported by the Council on Accreditation (COA). Students who earn a Bachelor of Science in social work graduate as generalist social work practitioners, meaning that they have completed the course and field learning necessary to be able to practice as a professional. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to:
Demonstrate competency in the knowledge-base and skills required of beginning social work practice
Move into generalist social work practice or specialized graduate studies in social work
Exhibit commitment to the basic values and ethics that shape social work practice rooted in a Christian perspective
Utilize anti-racist and anti-oppressive social work practices through cultural humility at the individual, family, group, organizational, community, research and policy levels
There are nearly 700,000 professional social workers in the U.S. today with their bachelor's, master’s or doctorate in social work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work is one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. The NASW projects employment in the field will grow 16 percent by 2026.
Social work students at Trevecca engage in a blend of theory and practice in their coursework, which is designed to provide a broad overview of the field with theoretical and practical application opportunities. All social work majors at Trevecca select a minor based on their career and personal interests.
Students participate in two internships called practicum field placements. The first, which occurs early in their coursework, involves volunteering at a local nonprofit for 60 semester hours accompanied by a seminar course. During their final semester, students spend 400 semester hours in a social work setting, supervised by a social worker, and this field placement is also accompanied by a seminar course.
Why Choose Trevecca?
Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body.
The mission of Trevecca’s social work program is to provide an integrated, generalist social work education based on Christian values. Our program promotes rigorous scholarship and deep personal growth for students in preparation for lives of leadership and service. The program seeks to integrate faith and learning in social work practice. To that end, students will strive to uphold the core social work values which include service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships and integrity and competence.
Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in social work allows you incredible job variety and mobility, which helps to prevent burnout and increase job satisfaction over the length of your career.
As a social work graduate, you’ll be equipped to offer insight and solutions to every part of your community, from adoption agencies to hospices to other places you may not expect such as government agencies, schools, corporations, hospitals, disaster relief agencies, military centers and prisons. You could choose to provide case management and therapy for individuals; offer counseling and resources to families; listen and amplify community voices; or advocate for legislative policy change at the local, state or national level. Social work also offers opportunities for workers to engage with different populations and age groups, and to practice on the individual, group, community and policy level.
In addition to flexibility, this degree offers above-average earning potential. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the median income for social workers in the U.S. at $47,980 compared to the overall annual personal median income in the U.S. of $31,099. According to a 2019 Trevecca alumni survey, 56 percent of our social work graduates earn more than $36,000 per year, and 23 percent earn more than $50,000 per year.
More than half of Trevecca’s social work undergraduate alumni are working toward or have earned an advanced degree. Many choose to pursue a master’s degree in social work because Trevecca students benefit from the program’s accreditation status with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program can apply for advanced standing in an accredited graduate-level social work program because they complete the first-year master’s degree coursework in their undergraduate work. This means they can earn a master’s degree in only 12-14 months, which is a significant cost-reduction benefit for future social workers.