Social Work

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The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


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.


Graduates of the social work program are eligible for membership in the National Association of Social Workers and, with a high enough GPA, for advanced standing in most accredited graduate social work programs. This degree provides career opportunities in a variety of human service settings, including government agencies, mental and/or behavioral health care facilities, hospitals and outpatient health care agencies, schools, drug and alcohol programs, prisons and other legal settings, family service agencies, etc. Social workers provide direct or indirect services on behalf of individuals, families, groups and communities.