The School of Social Work offers the undergraduate degree in social work (Bachelor of Social Work Degree) that prepares students for beginning generalist practice as a social worker, and eligibility for admission as an advanced standing student in a Master of Social Work Program upon graduation. Besides the major, the School of Social Work also offers a minor in social work which consists of 18 credit hours. The Bachelor of Social Work Program seeks to provide the knowledge, skills, and values needed to practice beginning generalist social work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; to prepare students for practice within a rural context and military setting; to enable students to engage in practice according to the NASW Code of Ethics; to provide the framework needed for students to identify and utilize evidence based practice for intervention; to instill in students the importance of engaging in practices that alleviate oppression, poverty, social and economic injustice, and discrimination; to graduate students who will understand the impact of diversity and difference on human behavior; to prepare students for leadership in the professional community; and to graduate students who will understand the dynamics of practice in a multicultural society and global community.
- Students will identify as professional social workers and conduct themselves accordingly.
- Students will apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- Students will apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Students will engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Students will advance human rights and social and economic justice.
- Students will engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
- Students will apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- Students will engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
- Students will respond to contexts that shape practice.
- Students will engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.