MSW Program GoalsThe MSW program is designed to prepare students for responsible, professional social work practice in community development and administration. Program goals include:
To provide students with the knowledge of social work values and ethics and the skills for their competent and effective expression in both generalist practice and advanced practice in social service administration that builds strong communities.
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
To inspire students to commit to a vision of social work practice based on human rights and economic, social and political justice in under-served urban and rural areas at the individual, family, group, community, policy and organizational levels.
To prepare students for professional leadership roles in the development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally competent services, policy, and research designed to alleviate poverty, oppression, and other forms of social injustice in urban and rural communities within a concentration in community-based social service administration.
To prepare students with the profession’s history, purposes, and philosophy based on a body of knowledge, values and skills necessary to carry out various practice roles with people from diverse backgrounds across multiple levels and settings, particularly with those who are members of identified populations-at-risk.
To help students understand human development, the issues and challenges occurring over the life span, and their solutions as historically, philosophically, and contextually embedded.
ACQUIRING AND REFINING ADVANCED SKILLS
To provide students with the knowledge, values and skills to engage in social service administration in under-served urban and rural communities, both at home and abroad, in ways that are at the forefront of the new and challenging knowledge base of social work and related disciplines.
COMMITMENT TO POPULATIONS-AT-RISK
To provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for critical analysis of social work theory, policy, practice, and research, particularly in their application to members of populations-at-risk, as distinguished by age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.
To prepare graduate students, grounded in the profession’s history, purposes and philosophy, with an understanding of the importance of ongoing professional development, supervision, and consultation, so as to further develop skills of critical self-reflection and renewal.