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 goal of the Social Work Program is ultimately to enable students to integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of the Social Work profession into competent practice by:

  1. Providing content about Social Work practice from a generalist perspective with client systems of various sizes and types.
  2. Preparing students to practice with the skills, values, and knowledge to practice with diverse populations, including at-risk populations.
  3. Providing an atmosphere which encourages the utilization of core skills essential to excellence in Social Work practice; i.e., critical thinking, verbal and written communication.
  4. Preparing graduates to continue their professional growth and development.
  5. Exposing students to the foundations of the profession, encouraging an appreciation for its history, contributors, and issues which helped to shape it.
  6. Presenting a curriculum which infuses the values and ethics of professional social work.
  7. Providing content about social contexts, the changing nature of those contexts, the behavior of organizations, and the dynamics of change.
  8. Preparing students to practice with populations at risk with unique discrimination and oppressive histories.
  9. Providing a curriculum infused with core skills essential to a high caliber of social work practice.
  10. Prepare graduates to understand research methodology for program and practice evaluation.
  11. Integrating Biblical principles throughout the curriculum so that students can appropriately integrate their faith and that of their client’s into the helping relationship.


Social Work Program Objectives:

  1. To assist with students’ development of understanding and integration of social work theories and practice.
  2. To develop student’s professional social work values and ethics.
  3. For students to apply systems concepts to practice across the micro and macro continuum.
  4.  For students to demonstrate constructive critical thinking skills.
  5. To allow students to demonstrate an understanding of social work concepts and the planned changed process based in systems theory.
  6. Provide opportunities for students to serve in social work settings.
  7. For students to develop the ability to communicate effectively and professionally in oral and written formats.
  8. To assist students with their professional development and professional identity.
  9. Students will develop and understanding of working with people of diversity; including age, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation without discrimination.
  10. Assist students with an understanding of working toward social justice and advocacy.
  11. Provide students an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of a bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment.
  12. Expose students to the history, current realities, and future implications of social welfare system with regard to the local and global continuum.
  13. Integrate Christian beliefs and values with professional social work values and ethics as set forth in the code of ethics.


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