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Social Work

School of Social Sciences & Education

The Social Work major is designed for the student who desires to pursue a ministry of service to the human community in work with social agencies and/or other fields of social work, or who is preparing to pursue graduate education in the field.

Students are prepared to:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The curriculum emphasizes the principles, ethics, and practices of accredited social work programs within the context of a Christian liberal arts college. The major and minor are designed to ensure that each student receives a broad background in social work fundamentals and social work practices.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


Apply to Social Work Program

New entering students should first apply for admission to Milligan and declare their intent to major in Social Work. Once enrolled at Milligan, students will request admission to the Social Work program in their sophomore year by completing the form below.

Applications for the social work major must be submitted by February 15 of the student’s sophomore year. Applications will be reviewed by social work faculty members and an interview may be requested. Students will be notified if their application was accepted or rejected by March 15.

Requirements include:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  2. Completion of Introduction to Social Work (SOWK 210)
  3. Documentation of 50 hours of work, volunteered or paid, with an underrepresented population or population in need
  4. Submission of social work application, including essay and two references


What can I do with a degree in Social Work?

Download a list of potential careers in Social Work.

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Dr. Joy Drinnon

Joy Drinnon

Professor of Psychology; Director of Undergraduate Research

Phone: 423.461.8661
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Office: Hardin Hall, 201


Dr. Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins

Professor of Sociology and Missions

Phone: 423.461.8739
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116


Hongyou Lu

Hongyou Lu

Program Development Associate for Engineering; Mandarin Chinese and Sociology Instructor

Phone: 423.461.1517
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Office: Engineering Offices, B.D. Phillips Building


Dr. Rebecca Sapp

Rebecca Sapp

Professor of Counseling; Director of the Counseling Center; Director of the Master of Counseling Program; Practicum and Internship Experiences Coordinator

Phone: 423.794.3071
Contact via email
Office: Derthick Hall, 106C