Timothy Rehner, Ph.D., Director
Jerome Kolbo, Ph.D., MSW Program Coordinator
118 College Drive #5114
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Forster, Hrostowski, Kolbo, J. Lee, Osowski, Rehner
The primary purpose of the School of Social Work is to provide professional social work education to undergraduate and graduate students. The school offers the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.
The social work profession recognizes the BSW degree as preparing students for entry-level social work practice in social service agency settings. The MSW degree prepares students for advanced practice in agency settings and in private practice. The school is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The USM School of Social Work develops and transmits social work knowledge and skills consistent with the values of the profession, informed by the culture and history of Mississippi. We are inspired by a vision of social justice and advocacy for the health and well-being of all people. Our graduates engage clients who primarily reside in the increasingly diverse Gulf South to produce dynamic solutions for personal, interpersonal, and system problems-especially those unique to the poor, oppressed, and underserved.
Offerings for Non-Majors
A number of courses offered within the School of Social Work do not have prerequisites and may be excellent choices for electives by non-majors. These courses include
SWK 606 - Global Perspective in Human Rights
SWK 652 - Seminar in Critical Issues of the Aged
SWK 669 - Social Work Practice and Diverse Sexuality
SWK 675 - Social Work Practice with Persons in Middle and Late Life
SWK 685 - Grant Writing in Social Work
SWK 686 - Social Work Practice in Schools
SWK 687 - Social Work Practice and Family Violence
Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology
The School of Social Work participates in the interdisciplinary minor in gerontology and the graduate certificate in gerontology. Specific requirements and courses available for the minor and the certificate can be found under the Interdisciplinary Minor and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology headings in the College of Health section of this Bulletin.
ProgramsMaster of Social Work