Social Work (BSW)
Social Work has never been in greater demand than it is today. Employment of social workers is expected to increase much faster than all other occupations through 2016 (BLS, 2008). There are a wide variety of jobs for social workers, such as school social work, hospitals, aging, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and family services. A career in social work is one with great job mobility and opportunities. A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares graduates for licensure and a Master of Social degree (MSW), increasing employment and salary opportunities.
Graduates demonstrate the ability to:
1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
2. Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.
3. Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients' age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
4. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
5. Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
6. Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.
7. Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.
8. Analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.
9. Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions.
10. Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.
11. Use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.
Q: Does the social work major offer leadership opportunities and involvement with college clubs, organizations, and college?
A: Yes. Social work majors are encouraged to become involved in the Social Work Club, COEHS Student Ambassadors, as well as Presidential Ambassadors. Students achieving specific requirements are invited to join the PHI ALPHA Honor Society.
What can you do with a Social Work degree?
- Serve children in troubled families
- Clinical Therapeutic Services
- Criminal Justice and Corrections
- Community Development
- Work with those with Developmental Disabilities
- Services to the Needy
- Mental Health Care Services
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