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Why TCU Social Work?

Faculty member speaking during a poverty lab simulation

At TCU, we promote a better world through excellence in social work education by creating positive change agents. Our students challenge themselves to make a difference for others in preparation to effectively practice in a variety of settings.

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The field of social work offers a rich tapestry of diverse career paths, each holding the potential for both personal fulfillment and profound positive impact on society. Our undergraduate Bachelor of Social Work program provides students with the knowledge and skills to do just that.

Counselor with mom and daughter

Social workers dedicate their professional lives to assisting a wide range of individuals, communities and organizations that are often marginalized or underserved. Our flexible Master of Social Work programs helps these individuals take their careers to the next level.


Through experiential learning opportunities, innovative research and student-focused mentoring, TCU's Department of Social Work prepares competent, ethical, culturally responsive social work leaders.  

It trains its students to critically interrogate structural inequities, apply a trauma- informed approach and advocate for social change with local and global communities. By doing so, the department equips graduates to partner with diverse populations, specifically those who endure marginalization and oppression, to promote an equitable and just society.


Department of Social Work

Ashley Palmer, Ph.D., Talks Disconnected Youth in America

Assistant Professor of Social Work Ashley Palmer, Ph.D., says disconnected youth fall along a spectrum of connectedness to work and school. Poor mental health and a lack of a financial safety net contribute to rising disconnection. (continue reading)

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As teacher-scholars, our social work faculty are engaged in research to understand better and address serious social problems. Knowledge is power, and we are creating it.

Recent Publications

  • Culture-bearer, culture-sharer, culture-changer”: The role of faculty in preventing sexual violence on campus

    Nada Elias-Lambert

  • “Is it My Responsibility?”: A Qualitative Review of University Students’ Perspectives on Bystander Behavior.

    Nada Elias-Lambert

  • Engagement techniques by human services nonprofits: A research note examining website best practices

    Mary K. Twis

  • Systematic review of empiricism and theory in domestic minor sex trafficking research

    Mary K. Twis