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Upon completion of the Social Work Program, social work students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies.
  • Think critically and apply analytic skills in understanding current issues and in providing effective services to diverse clientele.
  • Use current technology to locate and disseminate information.
  • Understand the biological and psychosocial developmental stages of individuals.
  • Recognize the importance of diversity and its implications for effective social work practice.
  • Understand the core values that form the basis of the profession of Social Work to include service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.
  • Integrate knowledge, skills and abilities to provide direct and indirect services in diverse practice settings.
  • Use information gained from continuous self-assessment to recognize when changes in behavior and practice are needed.
  • Enable faculty to engage in research, practice, and other knowledge building activities.
  • Synthesize and use various theoretical approaches in understanding the needs of clientele and in the provision of services to clientele at the micro, mid and macro levels of practice.
  • Conduct and understand the results of research projects and apply the information to practice settings of diverse sizes.
  • Present self in a professional manner.
  • Recognize the impact of oppression and discrimination on such groups as women, gays and lesbians, older Americans, disabled, African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and other groups identified as being treated in an inequitable manner in society.
  • Use knowledge and skills to reduce inequalities and injustices in society.

The Social Work Program's curriculum is designed to help students develop generalist-based practice skills for professional activity with diverse populations of individuals, small groups, families, organizations and/or communities in order to enhance social functioning and create social contexts favorable for their maximum participation and self-direction. Program courses and two agency-based field instruction opportunities are systematically organized in order to produce professional social work graduates who, in accordance with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), meet the following core competencies:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.