Department of Sociology and Social Work
Bachelor of Science in Social Work
Laurie Smith Lawson, Ph.D., LCSW
As a Social Work major, your required coursework will include classes like:
- Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
- Contemporary Social Problems
- Human Behavior and the Social Environment
- Human Diversity
- Social Science Research Methods
- Social Welfare Policies and Programs
- Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities (4 separate courses)
Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the program prepares students to become social work professionals, ready to make a difference through their work with individuals, families and communities. The curriculum explores the core values of the social work profession — maintaining the highest ethical standards, providing services without discrimination, and effectively adapting services to the client’s situation and demographical. Students are trained in social work’s essential methodologies — using theoretical knowledge, research findings, and communication skills effectively to provide the best type of intervention, service and change. We hope to educate students about the various forms of discrimination and oppression, and equip graduates with strategies for advocacy in support of social and economic justice.
The MC Experience
At the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Mississippi College, we approach our discipline from a uniquely Christian perspective. We are dedicated to nurturing the human dignity of every individual, and fighting for the principles of equality, justice and freedom. We encourage students to examine their own values, their relationship to their social environment, and their role in the community, from a global perspective that’s inspired by faith. The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
How You’ll Learn
Small classes mean students receive more one-on-one attention and build strong mentoring relationships with instructors, leading to better learning inside and outside the classroom.
Social work students are required to complete a 450-hour internship and the social work licensure exam before graduation. Students have interned as the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Human Services, Hospice Ministries, MS State Hospital, Gateway Rescue Family Shelter, Jackson Public School System, Domestic Violence Centers, and others.
What You’ll Do
Participate in Pi Gamma Mu, the national honor society that seeks to improve scholarship in the social studies and achieve synthesis between its various disciplines.
Join the Association of Student Social Workers. Open to social work majors, this student organization works to encourage higher scholarship and strong professional identity.
Take part in Phi Alpha, the honor society for social workers; this organization, open to top-performing students, fosters high standards of education for social workers.
Where You’ll Go
Department of Sociology and Social Work graduates are employed with Bannum Place of Jackson, Baptist Children’s Village, Boswell Regional Clinic, CARES Behavioral Health System, Compass Intervention Center, Department of Public Welfare, Gilmore Memorial Hospital, Haven House Family Shelter, Hinds Community College, LIFT, Inc, Mercy Ministries of America, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi Department of Human Services, Mississippi State Hospital, River Region Health System, Southeast Louisiana Hospital, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Veteran Affairs, Warren-Yazoo Mental Health and more.
One alum is doing social work in the pediatric hospital at Baylor University. Another is the Director of a Children’s Psychiatric Treatment Unit in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. One alum is part of the social work faculty at Delta State University, while another alum is Program Director of the Social Work Program at Mississippi College.