Social Work Major Goals and Program Objectives
We are truly delighted that you have an interest in a “Helping Profession” and even more excited that you are considering Social Work as a major. Our department faculty and staff is very dedicated and caring cadre of professionals who are intently motivated to promote a rich, fun, and engaged learning environment. We have a varied background of interests and experiences which enhance the classroom experience. Social Work as a profession is extremely rewarding as it equips you to impact individuals, families, groups, and communities.
It is our goal to assist you in achieving your educational and professional goals. We look forward to working with you. Please feel free to contact me for further information or to answer any of your questions.
Dr. Angela Gaddis, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Chair and Program Director
Social Work Major Goals
The Mission Statement of the BSW program attempts to integrate the mission of the university as well as the social work program. The mission of the Department of Social Work is to prepare social workers in a faith context for entry level generalist social work practice in a global, diverse setting and/or to pursue graduate level education. The Department aims to prepare students to integrate knowledge, skills, and values into practice by fulfilling the following goals.
- To equip social workers with generalist knowledge, values, and skills and to prepare competent professionals for entry level social work practice with diverse systems within a global context.
- To prepare social workers who understand a Christian worldview (which values social and economic justice while also respecting and appreciating diversity).
- Prepare students with strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
- Foster the student’s social work identity including professional use of supervision and consultation, self-awareness, and an appreciation for the profession’s history and values.
- To prepare students with critical thinking skills in areas of practice, research, and ethics to help ensure success in graduate social work programs.
Social Work Program Objectives:
- To assist with students’ development of understanding and integration of social work theories and practice.
- To develop student’s professional social work values and ethics.
- For students to apply systems concepts to practice across the micro and macro continuum.
- For students to demonstrate constructive critical thinking skills.
- To allow students to demonstrate an understanding of social work concepts and the planned changed process based in systems theory.
- Provide opportunities for students to serve in social work settings.
- For students to develop the ability to communicate effectively and professionally in oral and written formats.
- To assist students with their professional development and professional identity.
- Students will develop and understanding of working with people of diversity; including age, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation without discrimination.
- Assist students with an understanding of working toward social justice and advocacy.
- Provide students an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of a bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment.
- Expose students to the history, current realities, and future implications of social welfare system with regard to the local and global continuum.
- Integrate Christian beliefs and values with professional social work values and ethics as set forth in the code of ethics.