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About the Department

Jennifer CrowellWelcome to Belmont Social Work!

For almost 50 years, the Department of Social Work at Belmont University has attracted students who have a desire to help facilitate positive change in the lives of others. The knowledge, values and skills that come with a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) degree can be used to address diverse problems, immediately upon graduation. Social Workers’ clients may experience a range of challenges and highly stressful life events including poverty, mental health conditions, inadequate housing, chronic illness and disability, unemployment, and trauma and abuse.

Our students are equipped to engage the world and transform it with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage, and faith. They benefit from a close community and an amazing faculty who put students at the center of all they do. Our challenging curriculum and small classes facilitate exceptional learning opportunities.

A key aspect of the Belmont Social Work experience is our intensive internship requirement, where students spend over 500 hours in the field working alongside experienced social workers in an agency of their choosing. Students have the opportunity to select an area of practice and a placement that is of special interest to them. They are supported every step of the way!

Civil Rights TripIn addition to the BSW, our Department offers a Minor in Social Justice that allows students an opportunity to learn more about the social problems our society faces and the important role social systems play in solving them.

Many of our graduates continue their education with advanced placement in MSW programs, completing their advanced degree in one year or less. However, even if you choose to begin work immediately after graduation, you can be confident your education has met the highest standards of national accreditation and that you are ready to meet the needs of your clients and our community.

We look forward to working with you to fulfill your passion for service and social justice!

Jennifer Crowell, MSSW, PhD
Chair, Department of Social Work

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Bachelor of Social Work
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