The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree prepares students for entry-level generalist social work practice.
Students learn ways to properly assess and develop therapeutic working relationships with diverse populations, utilize varying intervention approaches, identify strengths and enhance client problem-solving and coping skills, as well as program evaluation, advocacy, research, and community outreach.
Mississippi State University- Meridian Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation.
Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Board of Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
Graduates of the program are prepared to work as a generalist social work practitioner in a variety of practice settings including: child welfare service agencies, family services, medical hospitals, mental health clinics, public health clinics, home health and hospice agencies, nursing homes, schools, business/industry, juvenile and family court, prisons, military, shelters for battered women/children, and community services.