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Center for Advisement and Student Excellence

College of Arts & Sciences

NaKeisha Talley



Keisha Talley

Advisor to students in criminal justice and social work

Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice


I am looking forward to working with you during your time at ETSU!
As your academic advisor, I am here to help your steer the course of your educational ship and will work with you in the planning of courses for you to take each semester. Please come to meetings prepared to discuss the matter for which the meeting has been reserved. For advising meetings, you can prepare by becoming familiar with the curriculum required for your specific degree and by reviewing your DegreeWorks, which is available to your through GoldLink.


The Department of Social Work offers curriculum that leads students to a Bachelor of Social Work degree. The program provides students with a basic knowledge of the social welfare system, the social work profession, and the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for entry-level professional social work practice.

Becoming a Social Work Major

Becoming a social work major at ETSU requires two steps. The first step involves students declaring social work as their major either through the department or an advisor. The second step involves a formal application to the major and the upper division Social Work Practice classes. For additional information about the application process for the BSW program, including deadlines and requirements, please visit the application website.

Field Education

A Social Work Field Experience (SOWK 4453) must be taken during a student's senior year after completion of all required major courses and general education courses. Students are assigned full time to an agency, where they provide services to the public under the supervision of a social work field instructor. You can find more information about the field experience here.

Advisement for student with 0-59 earned credit hours
Please contact the CASE office at 423.439.5602 to schedule an appointment with me.

Advisement for students with 60+ earned credit hours
Please contact Dawn Marie Tipton ( or 423.439.6006) for a faculty advisor referral.

Why a student might choose a major in Criminal Justice & Criminology

1. To gain knowledge about criminal justice and criminology, for example, the administration of justice in the United States and theories of crime and delinquency causation.
2. To prepare for a career in the criminal justice field including law enforcement, probation, parole, or prisons.

Degree Requirements

• Completion of General Education Core Requirements of the university and requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences B.A. or B.S. in social and behavioral sciences.
• Completion of criminal justice and criminology core curriculum.
• Completion of 21 hours of elective courses.
• Completion of a minor to be selected in consultation with the director of advising in the department.

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

GPA Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in criminal justice and criminology coursework completed at ETSU.
No grade earned in a criminal justice and criminology major core course below a 2.0 (C) will be accepted.


Students with 0-59 earned credit hours
Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) at 423.439.5602 to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

Students with 60 or more earned credit hours
You will need to contact one of the faculty advisors for advisement:

Brad Edwards 423.439.7069
Dr. Jennifer Pealer 423.439.7069








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