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Social Work: Program Objectives

The following 20 BSW program objectives were designed to be consistent with the purposes of the profession of social work, the Council on Social Work Education's 2001 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), and BSW Program Goals (BSWPG).

  • Think critically within the context of professional social work practice at the individual, group, family, organization and community levels (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:1).
  • Apply the values of the social work profession with an understanding of and respect for the positive value of diversity. (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:2, 3, 4)
  • Demonstrate the professional use of self through social work problem-solving. (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:2, B6, 10)
  • Recognize the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination (BSWPG2, EPAS 3.0:3, 4)
  • Employ strategies of change that advance social and economic justice (BSWPG2, EPAS 3.0: 4).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the social work profession and its impact on current structures and issues (BSWPG2, EPAS 3.0: 5).
  • Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice and the core values of the profession with systems of all sizes. (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0: B6)
  • Apply empirically based knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables that affect development and behavior (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:7).
  • Use theoretical frameworks applicable to practice at all levels to understand the interactions among the individuals and between individuals and social systems (i.e., families, groups, organizations and communities) (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:7).
  • Analyze, formulate and influence social policies that affect client systems, workers and agencies (BSWPG2, EPAS 3.0:8).
  • Evaluate research studies (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:9).
  • Apply findings to practice and policy (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:9).
  • Evaluate one's own practice interventions and those of other relevant systems (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:9).
  • Use professional communication skills with a variety of client populations, colleagues and members of the community (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:10).
  • Use supervision appropriate to generalist practice to learn and practice skills (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:11).
  • Effectively function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, including making recommendations for organizational change (BSWPG1, EPAS 3.0:12).
  • Demonstrate leadership in social policy advocacy based on evaluation of social policy impact and social needs (BSWPG3).
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development and delivery of needed social services (BSWPG3).
  • Faculty will engage in research, professional services and other creative activities that advance social work practice (BSWPG4).
  • The program will facilitate and sponsor continuing education and lifelong learning activities to practicing human services professionals, particularly those serving small town and rural environments (BSWPG4).

Full admission into the upper-division skills classes of the social work program requires that you apply for degree candidacy after you've completed a minimum of 50 credit hours: completed SOW 150 and ENG 101 and 102 with a minimum grade of C (2.0); and achieved an overall GPA of 2.0. You also need to maintain a 2.5 GPA in the major to remain in good standing and to graduate from the program.

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