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School of Social Work Bachelor's Program

The undergraduate professional social work degree is a bachelor of science (B.S.) in social work. The goals of the undergraduate program are:

  1. To prepare undergraduate students for competent and effective generalist professional practice by developing the requisite social work knowledge, values, and skills, and;

  2. To prepare undergraduate students for continuing professional education and/or graduate education.

The social work program is based on the concept of ecological systems, which holds that the fundamental focus of social work practice is on the transactions of people and their environments and the constant state of reciprocity in which each shapes the other. Social work intervention aims to promote the progressive forces and minimize the regressive forces in those transactions.

The curriculum incorporates instruction in five professional foundation areas: social welfare policy and services, human behavior in the social environment, research, social work practice, and field practicum. Instruction in these areas builds upon liberal arts preparation in the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences.

The undergraduate social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The School of Social Work strives to help students make informed and purposeful decisions to pursue academic study and careers in social work. This requires an opportunity to study social work and gain direct contact with social work agencies. Therefore, the curriculum repeatedly brings students into contact with social workers and administrators in local human service agencies. Freshmen may take Introduction to Social Work (SWK 115) in the spring semester, studying the nature of the social work profession. Seniors complete a year long internship, working 16 hours per week at a social service agency.

 

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