Social Work Program Details
Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Social Work program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and values required for successful entry into the social work field or for graduate education.
Rooted in the heritage of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini and the institution's dedication to community service, the Social Work program strives to manifest the University’s mission by cultivating leadership and excellence in practice with all systems through experiences in classroom learning, field instruction, and direct engagement in action to end social and economic injustice.
The Social Work program and the larger University community share a commitment to the common good and strive to prepare graduates to serve their communities and the world in ways that will enhance human dignity and justice for all people.
Social Work majors earn a Bachelor of Social Work, enabling them to pursue graduate education, begin professional generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, program development, and community services, or work for family and children’s services agencies, advocacy groups, and health care organizations.
- Rooted in the institution's dedication to community service
- Opportunity to complete master's-level coursework through partnerships with Widener
- Apply critical thinking skills to inform and communicate professional judgments and practices
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities at a level appropriate to the professional generalist
- Apply social work values and ethical principles to guide professional practice
- Apply knowledge of and respect for diversity and difference and the ways in which, as a consequence of difference, client experiences may include oppression, poverty, and alienation, as well as power, privilege, and acclaim
- Demonstrate knowledge of social welfare history and the ways in which social structures interact to create and maintain social conditions, and apply this knowledge to respond to current policy issues and to the changing contexts that shape practice
- Apply knowledge of research methods to inform social work practice, and apply practice experience to inform scientific inquiry.
- Use evidence-based theoretical frameworks to understand human behavior in the social environment