Social work is a career committed to improving the lives of all people. It can be working with individuals in a variety of settings, or on a broader level to impact increased quality of life for all people through advocacy. Augusta University offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in social work that is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. 

The distinction of the Augusta University Social Work Program comes in small interactive courses with individual mentoring taught by social workers with considerable practice experience. The Social Work program is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice upon graduation. Coursework also prepares students with the groundwork to pursue and succeed in an MSW graduate program or other graduate or professional program.

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Summerville Campus

Allgood Hall


Room: N312

Mailing Address:
1120 15th Street AH-N312 Augusta, GA 30912

What can I do with a BSW?

Students earning the BSW degree at Augusta University are eligible for:

Advanced standing in Masters of Social Work programs

Course requirement reductions in accredited graduate social work programs

May take the licensure examination in locations where available or required

Where can I work with a BSW?

There are a variety of employment opportunities in the profession of Social Work. Some examples of where Augusta University social work graduates have become employed are:

Child, family and school social workers tend to the welfare of children and their families. They counsel individuals, families and communities about school problems, child abuse, adoptions or teenage pregnancy. They also interview clients to determine needs and issues, and develop service plans.

Health care social workers help individuals, couples and families cope with chronic or terminal illnesses or congenital disabilities. They collaborate with medical professionals to determine the needs of patients, organize support groups or counseling and refer patients to specialists in recovery services, financial assistance or legal aid.

Mental health social workers treat individuals with emotional, mental or substance abuse problems. They counsel clients one-on-one or in group sessions, educate them and community members about mental illness and addictions, and help them stick with their treatment plans.

The duties of social service professionals vary by employer but they provide client service in many nonprofit agency settings. They may visit clients in homes or on the street, organize group activities or individual counseling sessions, organize paperwork and interview new clients to compile statistical, medical or social information.

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Program goals

In order to accomplish our mission, we have identified the following goals:

  • To prepare students for beginning level professional social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • To provide the student with a liberal arts perspective which includes a broad knowledge of written and oral communication skills; ways knowledge is gained and applied; the social, biological, and behavioral sciences; and variations in values through culture.
  • To help the student develop a worldview consistent with major social work knowledge, skills and values including a basic respect for human dignity, equality, and justice, and a positive respect for cultural and social diversity.


Student Learning Outcomes

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

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Graduation Requirements

All majors must complete exit survey in term they graduate.

Social Work Faculty

photo of Penny Alderman, MSW

Penny Alderman, MSW

  • Social Sciences
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Tom Dorn, MSW

  • Social Sciences
photo of Shannon Dunavan, MSW

Shannon Dunavan, MSW

  • Social Sciences
photo of Morgan Fields

Morgan Fields

  • Social Sciences
photo of Dr. Eunhye Kim

Dr. Eunhye Kim

  • Social Sciences
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Erin Roark

  • Social Sciences
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Dr. Dale White

  • Retired; Social Sciences