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Welcome to the Department of Social Work at Tuskegee University

Social Work: The profession that provides care for humankind throughout the life cycle.

The Tuskegee University Department of Social Work has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1974. The Council on Social Work Education is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation(CHEA) as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.
The Department of Social Work at Tuskegee University is also a member of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors. The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. (BPD) is a voluntary, individual membership association that since 1975 has represented the interests of undergraduate education and practice in social work. The association's approximately 800 members represent BSW program directors, baccalaureate faculty and field coordinators, as well as social work educators and practitioners who have an interest in BSW education and practice.


Department of Social Work 
College of Arts and Sciences 
Tuskegee University 
Tuskegee, AL 36088 
Phone: (334) 727-8300 
Fax: (334) 725-5476


Mission and Vision of the Department of Social Work


The mission of the Department of Social Work at Tuskegee University is to provide a quality educational program that includes a curriculum and teaching practices that are at the forefront of professional education. It seeks to build on a foundation of Liberal Arts courses.


The Vision of the Department of Social Work is to equip its students with a knowledge base that includes a historical perspective of the social welfare system; a skill set that enables the students to critically assess data obtained through engagement and the professional acumen to develop a treatment plan that will meet the needs of the people they serve. Graduates of this program may move into an entry generalist practice position or a Masters level graduate program.

Department Goals and their Connectivity to the Program's Mission

The goals of the Department of Social Work at Tuskegee University are listed below and are a derivation of its mission:

  1. To prepare students for entry level Social Work practice with Individuals, Families and other Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
  2. To prepare students to practice Social Work with an understanding of and respect for the value of Human Diversity.
  3. To provide students with knowledge of information technologies and enriched experiences in applying them to solve problems in professional practice.
  4. To prepare students to further their professional growth and development in graduate study.

Outcomes and Evaluative measures:

Students who obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Department of Social Work at Tuskegee University shall:

  1. Identify as a Professional Social Worker and conduct one-self accordingly.
  2. Utilize Social Work Ethical Principles to Guide Professional Practice.
  3. Apply Critical Thinking to Inform and Communicate Professional Judgments.
  4. Engage Diversity and Difference In Practice.
  5. Advance Human Rights and Economic Justice.
  6. Engage in Research Informed Practice and Practice Informed Research.
  7. Apply Knowledge of Human Behavior and the Social Environment.
  8. Engage in Policy Practice to Advance Social and Economic Well Being and to Deliver Effective Social Work Services for individual, groups and communities.
  9. Respond to Context that Shape Practice.
  10. Engage, Assess, Intervene and Evaluate with Individuals, Families and Groups, Organizations and Communities.  

Student Core Competencies & Outcome Measures

Social Work Curriculum

Course Descriptions

Social Work Faculty and Staff

Signature Pedagogy of Social Work Education -- The Field Practicum Experience

Tuskegee University is located in Tuskegee, Alabama which is 40 miles east of the Alabama State Capital in Montgomery, Alabama. Although the University is located in a rural setting, the Social Work program has been designed to provide students with Generalist Practice opportunities. Students not only perform their Field Practicum in Tuskegee, but partnerships have been developed with Social Services agencies in the neighboring counties as well as Auburn and Montgomery, Alabama, of which they may Intern.

Students get an opportunity to apply the Generalist Practice skills in a host of settings such as Hospitals, including the VA Hospitals, Schools, Nursing Homes, Mental Health, Centers, Department of Corrections, Department of Family and Children Services, Community Organizations and Data Analysis. In these area of Practice, students use Generalist Social Work skills such as Engagement, Assessment, Evaluation and Termination. Recognizing that the context of practice is dynamic. Student recognize that the Social Worker through their knowledge base as well as their years of experience will use their skill sets to obtain necessary resources from the Community. Social Workers will also use these resources to enhance their client's capacity for social functioning and create societal conditions that are favorable to their goals. This is the profession of Social Work.

Internship sites also include; Community Centers, Juvenile and Adult Detention Centers, Work Release Programs as well as Human Resources, and Federal Correctional Systems. Students have a wide range of opportunities to obtain valuable experience. They provide direct practice at the Micro and Mezzo level notably, Individuals and Family or Groups.

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