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Department of Social Work

With and through its graduates, the program strives to contribute to the uplifting and well-being of people in our respective communities as well as the profession itself. 

Make a Difference.
Create a Better World.

Social workers care about people, believe in social justice, appreciate diversity and solve problems.
If this describes you, a career in social work may be just what you're looking for!

APSU's Department of Social Work offers an experience that will open your mind to social betterment, peace and social justice. Our professors work with small class sizes that encourage professional and personal growth. Our goal is to develop you as a compassionate, ethical and knowledgable social worker who is committed to helping vulnerable and repressed groups.

When you are in your final semesters before graduation, you can apply to receive a Department of Children's services (DCS) Scholarship and Stipend through the DCS Grant Program. The students who receive this are awarded tuition assistance and a stipend each semester. In addition, you will already be employed by DCS after graduation, earning a higher entry salary than other new employees.

After graduating with your Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree, you will find employment opportunities in schools, mental health centers, hospitals, child welfare agencies and home health. You will be equipped with skills such as case management, problem-solving, long-term care and counseling.

BSW recipients may continue their education with the Master's of Social Work (MSW) program through Austin Peay State University's MSW Program.

Start Working Towards your BSW today!
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Christopher Trice

Christopher Trice

Social Work Major

Trice found Austin Peay's Baptist Collegiate Ministries and the University’s Department of Social Work have shown him the best ways he can use his gifts to help his campus and local communities.

“I’m passionate about helping people and getting to know them as individuals, so I decided to major in social work and I immediately knew I had made the right decision,” Trice said.