social work

Social Work

As a social work major, you will learn to help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. You’ll learn to enhance their capacity to address their own needs, and promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions.


Meredith’s social work program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1975 and offers a professional degree (BSW), which prepares graduates for entry into social work practice.

Many of our students go on to earn a Master of Social Work degree in one year. Graduates also work in non-profit organizations, public schools, hospitals, mental health settings, long-term care facilities, child welfare agencies and agencies serving survivors of intimate partner violence.

Tina Salmon

Wings student and triple major Tina Salmon, ’17, discovered a talent for leadership and advocacy at Meredith.

Dielle McMillan

Social work major Dielle McMillan, ’17, used her strengths as a leader to benefit the campus community.

Ali Santiago

Graduating senior Ali Santiago, ’15, said her onyx reminds her of the diligence and commitment that went into her Meredith education.

Social Work Club

Members of the Social Work Club engage in a variety of service projects and professional development opportunities such as sponsoring special events and participating in statewide conferences.

Join the NASW

All social workers are guided by the NASW Code of Ethics. Meredith students are strongly encouraged to join the NASW, the professional organization for social workers.

Field Practicum

The field practicum gives students the opportunity to take on professional roles in order to learn skills, render services and participate in the provision and development of social work service. The hands-on experience reinforces the student’s identification with the purposes, values and ethics of the profession; fosters the integration of empirical and practice-based knowledge; and promotes the development of professional competence.