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BSW Goals & Objectives

The primary goal of the Bachelor of Social Work program is to prepare students to be competent, beginning level professionals and generalist practitioners capable of integrating the knowledge, skills and values of social work, based on a liberal arts foundation. The program's secondary goal is to prepare students for advanced social work education.

The program objectives are as follows. At the completion of classroom and field education, graduating BSW students will be able to:

  1. Identify as professional social workers and conduct themselves accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.