School of Social Work
School of Social Work at Southern Miss
The 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.
The school offers a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work, both of which require field internships and licensure exams in order to practice. A child advocacy studies minor is also available.
The Council on Social Work Education accredits both degree programs.
Licensure requirements vary by state. In Mississippi, the Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists oversees regulation for social workers.
Value of all active grants and contracts
engaged in externally funded projects
assisted with health insurance issues
The school conducts applied, evidence-based research that improves the lives of Mississippians through published findings, policy changes, advocacy, and increased access to services.
Faculty are currently conducting research related to the following topics:
- Health (integrated behavioral health, mental health, healthcare, maternal and child health, childhood obesity, school social work)
- Justice (juvenile justice, child advocacy, political social work, community organizing, domestic violence)
- Workforce development
Students partner with faculty to conduct research, make presentations, and participate in poster competitions at conferences on topics that include post-disaster resiliency, mental health, education, racism and food insecurity.