The BSW program is conceptualized in such a way that it has two primary educational goals. Accomplishment of these objectives provides the information and experiences necessary for student to demonstrate achievement of fourteen specific educational outcomes identified by the program (and the profession through CSWE) as essential characteristics of beginning level generalist practitioners capable of continuing professional development.
- Preparation for culturally competent, empirically based, multi-systems beginning level professional generalist practice across the life course.
- Preparation for continuous life-long learning after graduation.
BSW Foundation Objectives
Upon completion of the BSW curriculum students will have:
- The ability to apply the knowledge and skills of culturally competent generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes focusing on assets, resiliency, and consumer directed interventions;
- The ability to 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;
- An understanding of the ability to apply the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles;
- The ability to apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice
- The ability to use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, professional disciplines, and communities;
- Knowledge of traditional and alternative theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life course and the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, communities, and global systems;
- The ability to analyze, formulate, and influence social policies;
- The ability to evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions, and communicate findings;
- An understanding of the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination including their influence on poverty, and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice locally, nationally, and globally.
- The ability to understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues;
- The ability to plan for and implement appropriate life-long professional development activities to incorporate new knowledge and skills in practice.
- The ability to use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice;
- The capacity to function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change
- The ability to use technology effectively and appropriately to achieve the purposes of social work.