The mission of the Social Work Program is to educate students for entry-level generalist social work practice with preparation grounded in the liberal arts perspective, the social work profession’s history, purposes, and philosophy and is based on social work knowledge, values and skills.
Social Work Program Goals
The Social Work Program goals are:
- To provide a positive educational environment that models social work values, ethics, and ideals, as well as encourages the development of critical thinking skills
- To provide a curriculum that promotes competent baccalaureate generalist social work practice and is responsive to the changing political, social, cultural, economic and global influences based on current research data and evidence-based practice information.
- To prepare competent entry-level social work practitioners for generalist practice with diverse client systems of various sizes and types of groups marginalized by social and economic injustice.
Upon completion of the BSW, graduates will be able to:
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly (Professional Identity).
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice (Ethical Principles). 3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments (Critical Thinking).
- Understand how diversity characterizes and shapes human experience and identity formation (Diversity and Difference in practice).
- Recognize global interconnections of oppression, theories of justice and strategies to promote human and civil rights (Advance Human Rights & Social and Economic Justice).
- Use practice experience to inform research, employ evidence-based interventions, evaluate practice, and use research findings (Research-Informed Practice/Practice Informed Research).
- Apply knowledge about human behavior across the life course and range of social systems, and apply knowledge from the liberal arts (Human Behavior and the Social Environment).
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services (Policy Practice – Advance Social/Economic).
- Respond to contexts that shape practice (Contexts that Shape Practice).
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities (Engage, Assess, Intervene, and Evaluate).