Dr. Needha Boutte-Queen, Chair
Ms. Ronda Lewis
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 41 specific practice behaviors which operationalize the CSWE’s 10 Core Competencies as defined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
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. Faculty are 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 continue contributing 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: