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Social Work FAQs

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for helpful info on a variety of topics!  Please note the following Social Work-specific information, which differs from the info on graduation paperwork which is provided on the FAQs page:

Who is my advisor?

Social Work Major: Please visit our "Who is my advisor?" webpage for info about your advisor.

Social Work Minors: If you are minoring in Social Welfare, your minor advisor is the Social Work major advisor as listed on our "Who is my advisor?" webpage. Dr. Fontanesi-Seime is the advisor for the Health Care Services minor.

When do I change from Pre-Social Work to Social Work?

The Social Work program is a candidacy major, and students must apply and be accepted into the program in order to become a Social Work major.

  1. When do I apply?
    Students will work with their advisor in order to determine when they will be eligible to apply. Most students apply for the program during their Junior Fall semesters after completing all of their general education and specific social work courses.
  2. What is required on the application/for acceptance into the program?
    You will find information about the application on the Social Work website.

Can I minor in Social Work?

Yes, a minor in Social Welfare and an interdisciplinary minor in Health Care Services is offered at MTSU.

What is required for a particular major or minor?

Program requirements can vary slightly for a particular major or minor, depending on which catalog year you fall under.  Visit the MTSU Undergraduate Catalog and choose the appropriate year, to find info on the requirements for your program for your specific year.  Not sure about your catalog term? It  can be found in the Student Information section of PipelineMT:

  • Log into PipelineMT by clicking the link at the top right of the screen.
  • Click on "Registration & Student Records" in the menu on the left.
  • Scroll down to the "Academic Records" section.
  • Click on "Student Information".
  • Choose the current semester and click Submit.
  • The "Catalog Term" field is near the bottom of the page.

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What can I do with a BSW?

A social work degree will enable you to work in many different settings such as health care, rehabilitation, criminal justice, schools, government agencies, mental health, child and adult protective services, counseling, and many others.  Please visit the About and Careers tabs on the Social Work webpage for helpful info on careers in this field, including a list of some of the many careers that may be available to you.

What is graduation paperwork, and when should I submit it?

The Intent to Graduate form allows you to identify how you would like your name displayed on your diploma, the location where your diploma should be mailed, what major and minor you expect to graduate with, when you plan to graduate, and other basic info about the end of your degree program. The Upper Division form is a form you receive from your academic or faculty advisor, with a list of the requirements for your program and notations of which you've already met and which you still need.

Both of these forms will be provided for you in your BSW application packet. They will be submitted to Graduation Analyst Angel Bowman by the Social Work department on your behalf during the semester you apply to the program.

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