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Bachelor of Social Work

Social work promotes human functioning through the enrichment of the interaction between individuals and their environments. Social workers work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and/or communities to restore and enhance social functioning and to create societal conditions favorable to this goal.

California University of Pennsylvania's social work program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1976, was one of the earliest undergraduate programs in Pennsylvania.  As part of the College of Education and Human Services, we focus on developing generalist knowledge and skills and in responding to the needs of the region for trained social work professionals. 

Program Mission

The mission of the California University of Pennsylvania BSW program is to prepare committed competent and ethical social work practitioners to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.  Taking an ecological and problem-solving approach our aim is to develop generalist social work practitioners who will competently: 

            •   impact their environments;

            •   provide adequate opportunities and resources;

            •   develop the profession’s knowledge base;

            •   and enhance the social functioning of all.

This foundation level preparation is integrated with the University’s core values, rights and responsibilities and with the core values and ethical standards of the profession and provides the foundation for graduate education.  As a publicly funded university in a rural and small town area, we are specifically committed to improving the quality of life in our surrounding region and in the broader global society through the development of professional leadership, service, research and continuing education.

Program Goals

The BSW program at Cal U has five goals.  These goals provide direction for our curriculum and our research and service activities. 

Goal 1: Enhance the academic excellence and experience of our students.

Goal 2: Operate using sound and efficient fiscal and governance practices.

Goal 3: Create a transformative learning and working environment that promotes diversity through a culture of civility and inclusiveness.

Goal 4: Serve in the areas where we live and learn through the Commonwealth, the region, the nation and the world.

Goal 5: Continue to enhance the quality of student life.

These goals are interrelated with the program's mission and with the broader missions of the College of Education and Human Services and California University of Pennsylvania, and evolve naturally from the value base of the social work profession.

Learn more about the BSW curriculum and competencies.

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Read how Cal U's social work program is helping Franklin Regional community members cope after the April 9 stabbing incident.

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