As the need for qualified social workers continues to grow, Trevecca is dedicated to training graduates ready to enter the field, one of the fastest-growing in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
And others are starting to take notice.
SocialWorkDegree.org, an online resource focused on social work education and career advancement, recently named Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in social work among the top 10 programs in their 2019 Best Social Work Programs in Tennessee.
Trevecca’s program provides an integrated, generalist approach to social work, says Allison Buzard, program director and associate professor of social work. The faculty promote both rigorous scholarship and deep personal growth among their students, preparing graduates for lives of leadership and service.
“We believe the best thing about our program is our students,” Buzard said. “Our students bring their passions, knowledge, and lived experiences into our program and because of that, we learn and grow as a community.”
Helping students to grow holistically—personally, professionally and emotionally, in all areas—is especially important for future social workers, who work across a broad range of industries and are often faced with difficult situations and complex cases.
Alumni of the program work in a variety of fields, from clinical therapy, mental health and adoption to environmental sustainability and working with the disabled as well as the foster care system and the elderly.
The program’s curriculum helps prepare students for their future roles through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.
“One of the strengths of this program that I tell our prospective students is the experiential nature of our courses,” said Elizabeth Nunley, assistant professor of social work and director of field experiences. “Professors actively invite their students to practice the things they are learning.”
Senior social work major, Brianna Wallace, chose the program for the support the program’s faculty provides to students. She also wanted a social program that would allow her the opportunity to explore her faith in the profession, something she found at Trevecca.
“I chose social work because when I got to Trevecca, I knew I had something deep within me that wanted to serve in some capacity,” Wallace said. “I wanted a hands-on experience to serve and wanted it to reflect what I thought how Jesus would serve.”
Preparing for graduation in May 2020, Wallace says the program has provided her with the skills to prepare her for life after college.
“Being at Trevecca with the professors in this program not only opened doors for the hands-on experience, but there’s also good stewardship for passions that lie in the program,” she said. “I feel so confident in the preparation, but I also feel this program encourages the posture of being a continual learner.”
Learn more about Trevecca’s social work program at Trevecca.edu/socialwork.