Welcome to the Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work offers courses in Social Work (SOCW) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Work. The B.A. in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This department offers a major in Social Work and does not offer a minor in Social Work. Additionally, students pursuing the B.A. in Social Work are not required to declare a minor in a second academic discipline.


The mission of the Department of Social Work is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for entry-level generalist professional social work practice with special attention to the complexities of the urban environment. This preparation, with its foundation in professional knowledge, values, and skills, emphasizes practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, especially populations at risk. As reflected in the program goals below, these populations include, in particular, people of color (specifically African Americans) as well as other groups identified as most vulnerable to poverty, violence, disabilities, and economic and social inequities. Further emphasis is placed on the development of advocates for system and policy changes that promote social and economic justice given the challenges of urban settings and global conditions.

The Baccalaureate Social Work Program expresses its commitment to social work’s purpose, values, and ethics throughout the various components of the curriculum, wherein students are exposed to the values and ethical foundation consistent with that of the social work profession. The knowledge and skills acquired over the course of the program are directly correlated to 9 Core Competencies as defined in the 2015 Council on Social Work (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).

The liberal arts perspective, social science cognates, and social work courses (core and electives) provide opportunities to learn about and incorporate the ethical and value orientations necessary for effective practice. The faculty is fully aware of the necessity to introduce to students, nurture and facilitate the continual attention to the values and ethical positions of the profession to guide practice actions. Further instruction supports the professional commitment to continuing contributions to the ongoing assessment of these perspectives. Each of the program goals addresses the purpose, values, and ethics of the profession to some degree and is derived from its mission in order to:

  • Prepare students for entry-level generalist social work practice with client systems of all sizes and types, especially concerned with the complexities of urban settings.
  • Prepare students for practice with diverse populations, especially African Americans, other people of color, and populations at risk to social and economic inequities nationally and globally.
  • Prepare students with knowledge, values, and skills for practice that will further develop the profession and promote just, more humane, and equitable service delivery.
  • Provide a comprehensive curriculum infused with values and ethics of the profession as a guide for social work practice.
  • Provide students with a strong educational foundation that fosters a commitment to continuous personal and professional development, and advanced training, especially for those who aspire to pursue graduate education.