School of Social Work
Why Social Work at Southern?
Southern’s social work program prepares students to be local and global leaders in providing services to individuals, families, and communities.
Students are introduced to the latest in concepts, theories, and field experiences, all within the context of a Christ-centered environment. They are able to implement the knowledge gained in the classroom during assigned field practicums.
Our 4+1 program (4 years BSW, 1 year MSW) allows students the opportunity to complete both degrees in just 5 years.
Faculty members have extensive experience in social work practice and continue to develop research and ministry projects.
Proximity to Chattanooga's urban environment provides a variety of practicum and internship partners.
Students may work with faculty and staff on formal collaborations with the local government.
Southern’s social work programs at both the bachelor's and master's levels are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The high curriculum standard required to achieve CSWE accreditation thoroughly prepares undergraduate students for graduate studies.
Beyond the Classroom
Academic programs are complemented with practical learning experiences in the community and beyond.
LAURA RACOVITA, PHD, MSW
ANNETTE HECK, DSW, LCSW
Professor, BSW Program Director
LORRI MERCHANT, PHD, LCSW
Professor, MSW Program Director
CORNELIU RUSU, PHD
KRISTIE WILDER, JD, LMSW
NINA NELSON, PHD, MSW
EVIE NOGALES BAKER, MSSW, LCSW
LUNELLE BERTRESSE, MSW
Assistant Professor, Director of Field Education
STEPHANIE GUSTER, LCSW, MSW
Associate Professor, Senior Adviser for Diversity
Lauren Souza and Tekoa Penrose discuss how Southern prepared them for fulfilling careers in Social Work. They describe the many opportunities they have to share Christ's love through their actions on behalf of those most in need.
School of Social Work PO Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315
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