BSW Welcome


Kelly Reath,
MSW,PhD
BSW Program Director

Welcome to the East Tennessee State University Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program!   Our BSW Program is nestled in the southern Appalachian mountains bordering North Carolina and Virginia.   We view ourselves as a regional program collaborating with community members and service providers in northeast Tennessee, western North Carolina and southwest Virginia.   The demographics of both our faculty and students are representative of this culturally rich geographic region.

Accredited since 1974 by the Council on Social Work Education, our program provides opportunities for students to acquire knowledge for better understanding of human behavior in the environment, social welfare policy, practice methods and research skills necessary for successful interventions with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.   Through examination of evidence-based practices, students will develop critical thinking skills required for exploring complex social problems.

If you have an interest in addressing social injustice, oppression, the plight of economically disadvantaged and at-risk populations, social work may be the profession for you.   As an undergraduate generalist program, our goal is to build on a liberal arts foundation and equip students with the skills and knowledge for either an entry level professional position in human services, or further study at the graduate level.

I invite you to enroll in our Introduction to Social Work course to experience and acquaint yourself with the social work profession.   If you find yourself thinking you have found your niche, feel free to contact any faculty member in the BSW program to discuss your interests.

I look forward to seeing and visiting with you at Lyle House, our home on the ETSU campus.

Kelly Reath, MSW, PhD
BSW Program Director