Social Work

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you want to contribute to community, family, and individual well-being?
Then social work may be the right profession for you!

Social work is a dynamic profession based on knowledge, practice skills, research, and professional values. It has a code of ethics, practice standards, and a national system of accreditation. The profession unites the commitment to help others with the skill and knowledge needed to provide that help.

The Department of Community Leadership and Human Services offers a BSW where social workers display an informed passion to improve the quality of life for others, especially for vulnerable populations. The BSW degree program prepares students for professional entry level generalist practice in the social work profession, for entry level state licensure and for further education. The Council on Social Work Education has continuously accredited the social work program at Murray State University since 1974.

BSW social workers are employed in settings such as:
  • Schools and Family Resource Centers
  • Mental Health or Mentally Challenged Programs
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Settings
  • Probation Departments and Court Advocacy Programs
  • Home Health Agencies, Hospitals, and Hospice Programs
  • Adult and Child Protective Services
  • Senior Citizens Programs and Nursing Homes
  • Domestic Violence Programs and Crisis Centers
  • Emergency Assistance Programs
The program does not waive course requirements for the professional foundation areas or for the field practicum. No credit is given for previous work or life experience (CSWE accreditation requirement).

For more information about Social Work at Murray State University, please contact the Department of Community Leadership and Human Services in the  College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Murray State University - Phone (270) 809-6802 or Fax (270) 809-6803.