The University of Georgia School of Social Work (SSW) is a college within the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, United States.
The School of Social Work opened in 1964. The School is based in Tucker Hall on UGA's South Campus; courses are offered there and at the UGA Gwinnett Campus in Lawrenceville.
The School of Social Work offers a professional Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. Once they complete certain pre-professional course requirements, undergraduate students from UGA may apply to the program by submitting a narrative and signing the NASW Code of Ethics Statement.
The 127-hour BSW curriculum includes pre-professional requirements; University-wide liberal arts, sciences, cultural diversity, environmental literacy, U.S. and Georgia Constitution, and physical education requirements; and 60Â hours of social work major and related courses.
Master of Social Work
There are two areas of concentration for Master of Social Work (MSW) students at UGA. Students from both concentrations attend the same 30Â hours of foundation courses and practicum together for the first year, and many choose electives from the other concentration or the MNPO program. Both are also available through the Advanced Standing program, which allows recent BSW graduates to complete the MSW program on an accelerated schedule.
The Clinical Practice concentration focuses on preparing social workers for supporting individuals and families within their culture, community, and extended family. The 30-hour concentration includes four required courses, practica at local agencies each semester for 24Â hours a week, and two elective courses.
Community Empowerment and Program Development
Students choose the Community Empowerment and Program Development (CEPD) to prepare them for supporting community action, advancing policy, and developing social programs. The 30-hour concentration includes three required courses, practica at local agencies each semester for 24Â hours a week, and three elective courses.
Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations
The University of Georgia was among the early institutions to grant a specialized degree in nonprofit management. The MA in Nonprofit Organizations (MNPO) degree is a 33-hour program administered by the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations (see below) that can be pursued full- or part-time. All students attend five core courses, four courses in a self-designed area of concentration, and two semester-long internships at 20Â hours a week. Students complete a research project as part of the second placement.
Areas of concentration are wide-ranging and reflect the individual purposes of each student. Courses may be chosen those offered by the Institute and across the university.
PhD in Social Work
The School began granting the Ph.D. in 1990, preparing social workers for careers in academic or evaluation research. Students enter the program with a MSW and at least several years of professional work experience.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Students may pursue a graduate certificate in addition to their major field of study. Certificates offered include:
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Nonprofit Organizations
Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes
Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies
Founded by current Dean Maurice Daniels, the Foot Soldier Project documents the work and lives of pivotal but unsung "foot soldiers" of the American civil rights movement. The project works to research, archive, and disseminate information about the lesser-known figures of the movement, and it is a collaborative of the School of Social Work and faculty from across UGA:
- Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
- Institute for African American Studies
- African American Cultural Center
- Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
- College of Education
Institute for Nonprofit Organizations
The Institute for Nonprofit Organizations was developed to bring together research, service, and teaching to foster leadership and effective programs within the civic sector. In addition to the course offerings of participating departments, the institute directly offers eighteen graduate courses in nonprofit management and development. Besides faculty from the School of Social Work, the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations involves professors from several other departments:
- J. M. Tull School of Accounting, Terry College of Business
- Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- Department of Family and Child Welfare, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Department of Housing and Consumer Economics, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, College of Education
- Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International Affairs
Marriage and Family Therapy Program
The School of Social Work, College of Education, and College of Family and Consumer Sciences have collaboratively offered graduate certificates in Marriage and Family Therapy for over 20 years. The program's aim is to provide the course requirements to be licensed in Georgia as a marriage and family therapist.
- UGA School of Social Work
- UNDERGRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL DEGREES OFFERED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, UGA Bulletin
- UGA Graduate Degrees by School or College