Department of Social Work

Department of Social Work Chair - Dr. Catherine Gayle
Department of Social Work Chair
Dr. Catherine Gayle

In the Department of Social Work at Savannah State University, we are preparing our graduates for Generalist practice as well as Specializations in their chosen field of study. Entering the program; one will find Professors of the Academy who have obtained advanced degrees in Social Work and are credentialed in various areas of the Social Work profession. Their express purpose is to provide the kind of tutelage which inculcates the Knowledge, Skills and Values of the Social Work profession. This prescribed path allows our graduates to develop skill sets that will enable them to provide the services to their clients . Additionally, Social Work serves as a conduit for other majors who are interested in changing their careers to obtain a degree in Social Work. Our graduates are (SERIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE) and have positions in strategic areas around the World.


Consider obtaining a BSW/MSW degree from Savannah State in the Department of Social Work, then you will be (SERIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE) !


Dr. Catherine R. Gayle-BSW, MSW, LCSW, MAC, MIN

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work 



The mission of the Department of Social Work prepares students to excel in social work practice. The BSW programs prepares students for generalist practice and the MSW program builds on the generalist foundation and prepares students for advanced practice in Clinical and Social Administration. The Department promotes student focused learning, affirms the African American legacy and fosters a unique multicultural environment through its BSW and MSW curriculum and advocacy roles in community change. The department graduates students who are culturally competent to practice social work in rural, urban and global settings.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is a carefully articulated program that provides a generalist academic and experiential foundation for students seeking a career in the varied and expanding profession of social work. The BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The major requires a selective liberal arts base of knowledge from social, behavioral, and natural sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology and biology) together with group social work skills, values and methodologies of intervention at the individual, family, group, institution, and community levels. BSW graduates are educated to respond in an informed way to identifiable social work needs in a variety of settings, including rural, urban and international. The social work major is structured around four interrelated components: theoretical foundations/intervention strategies; client population/cultural diversity, research/evaluation and skills development/fieldwork. Students admitted to the major are expected to maintain academic excellence and demonstrate professional and ethical behavior as reflected in the BSW Handbook. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall in all social work courses after formal admission to the social work program.

The BSW Program has been accredited since 1984.

Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is accredited under the Council on Social Work Education. The MSW program is designed to prepare students for entry into advanced social work practice. The two year (60 credit hours) degree program consists of a foundation curriculum which provides knowledge, values, and skills common to generalist social work practice, a set of concentration courses in either clinical or social administration practice and two field practicum courses which are designed to enhance the competencies in the foundation and concentration areas.

The MSW Program has been accredited since 1998.

Additional information about the program can be found under the SSU Office of Graduate Studies website:


Student Assessment and Learning Outcomes