Mission & Goals

The mission of the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) degree program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is to prepare students for competent, generalist evidence-based practice.  As generalists, graduates will have a common body of social work knowledge, values, and skills informed by the principles outlined in the NASW Code of Ethics and transferable among human service settings and population groups.  Social work faculty and students are committed to working together to engage in scholarship, continued learning and community service to individuals from diverse backgrounds reflecting the UTC mission as a metropolitan university that serves people from varied cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.

Program Goals

The UTC BSW program seeks to create a quality professional program:

1. To prepare competent BSW professionals to practice ethical generalist social work effectively by applying a range of social work theories and evidence-based interventions with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and comunities in all types of settings.

2. To prepare competent BSW professionals who respect and value local and global diversity and apply evidence-based culturally competent social work skills.

3. To prepare competent BSW professionals who apply innovative social change strategies which promote both social and economic justice.

4. To prepare competent BSW professionals through a learner-centered curriculum that provides opportunities for students to apply developing skills in a variety of learning environments.

5. To prepare BSW students to succeed in the world of work by providing opportunities for students to connect with professionals in the community through a variety of activities.