Social Work

Program Mission

AUM’s BSW program, grounded in a liberal arts perspective, educates social workers to be ethical and competent practitioners who intervene and advocate for social, environmental and economic justice across all system levels (individuals, families, groups, community, organizations and society) utilizing a generalist perspective within a person-in-environment context.  The program promotes a commitment to professional ethics and values, critical thinking, professionalism, lifelong learning, evidence-based practice, strengths-based perspective, justice, and service. The program is committed to culturally responsive practice, social change, and the advancement of individuals, families, groups, community, organizations and society in order to create a more equitable society locally, nationally, and globally.

Candidates for the BSW program first complete the two-year, Pre-Social Work curriculum, which is one of the concentrations in the Sociology bachelor’s degree program. Upon completion, the candidate may apply for admission into the BSW program, which is designed to take another two years to complete, depending on class loads and other factors.

Important Note: AUM’s BSW program is currently in Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation.

Social Work program admission applications are accepted twice per year.

  • Fall Semester | Applications are accepted February 14 – 28.
  • Spring Semester | Applications are accepted September 15 – 30.

For further information contact Dr. Suzie Cashwell, Liberal Arts Building 349, [email protected](334) 244-3402.​

You can download the BSW Student Handbook here.
You can download the BSW Field Manual here.

The program prepares students to: 

  • Ethical and culturally responsive generalist-level social workers who work with vulnerable and diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 
  • Advocates for social environmental, and economic justice to advance well-being in an ever-evolving global and technological environment.
  • Lifelong learners who utilize critical thinking, theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and research to inform practice and policy.
  • Social workers who support the mission and purpose of social work.

The BSW program educates students to meet the nine professional competencies developed by our accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education.

  • their goals
  • Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment
  • Research, refer, and advocate for community resources, such as food stamps, childcare, and healthcare to assist and improve a client’s well-being
  • Respond to crisis situations such as child abuse, domestic violence, and mental health emergencies
  • Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved
  • Maintain case files and records
  • Develop and evaluate programs and services to ensure that basic client needs are met
  • Provide psychotherapy services
  • Advocate for policy change
  • Grant writing 
  • Administrator of social service agen
  • Governmental agencies such as child welfare services, economic benefits agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Justice system (such as probation officer and victim advocates)
  • Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Non-profit social service agencies
  • Mental health facilities
  • Substance use facilities
  • Home health care (including hospice)
  • Community services agencies 
  • School systems
  • Family preservation agencies
  • Adoption agencies
  • Military 
  • Domestic violence shelters

Introducing the SocialWork Bachelor’s Degree

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries nationally.

Employment in community and social service occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 348,600 jobs. Most projected new jobs in this occupational group are in counselor and social worker occupations, as their services will continue to be needed in areas such as drug abuse counseling and rehabilitation counseling, and also for school and career counseling. In addition to counselors and social workers, this group includes religious workers.

U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample
JobsMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2029
Social/Community Service Manager$67,15017%
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, Mental Health Counselor$46,24025%
Social Worker$50,47013%

For More Information

Suzie T. Cashwell, PhD, LMSW
BSW Program Director
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Liberal Arts, Room 349

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