The baccalaureate social work degree is the first level of professional education for entry into the social work profession. Thus, the goal of our social work program is to build on the liberal arts perspective and integrate the knowledge, values, and skills for competent generalist entry-level practice. The program curriculum is designed around core competencies and practice behaviors.
The program operates as a community. We have student organizations and several events and projects that provide a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities. For example: volunteer work, programs about practice opportunities, social activities, trips to state and national conferences, and networking.
Students are encouraged to work with their advisors throughout their educational process. The faculty offer extended advising and support. Regular review of students’ progress is completed by the faculty during the professional development review which is conducted each semester.
Upon graduation, an entry-level generalist social worker will possess the professional judgment and proficiency to apply differentially, with supervision, the common professional foundation to serve people in systems of various sizes and types. Social work offers many career opportunities in diverse fields such as health, child welfare and domestic violence, aging, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and behavioral health to name a few. A graduate will have special skills for delivering services to clients, which include the development and provision of resources on client’s behalf through organizational and community work. The graduate will be prepared with a breadth and depth of analytical and interactional skills for beginning work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The program’s objective is to prepare students in these learning areas at a level that maintains accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is evaluated by employers and graduate programs as an excellent foundation for both entry-level practice and future career development. This task requires a program and curriculum designed to enable each student to develop the values, knowledge and self-awareness skills as reflected in our stated educational competencies.