The mission of the Social Work Program is to educate and prepare baccalaureate students for effective, evidence-based professional social work practice that is rooted in the purpose and values of the profession, including respect for human dignity, diversity, self-determination, and advocating for just policies, programs, and services. This mission is congruent with the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, and service to the community; Ut prosim, or “that I may serve,” is the PSU motto. The program advances knowledge and critical thinking skills to prepare students for generalist practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and to enhance the fulfillment of human potential. The program is committed to promoting the values of social and economic justice. (Revised and Adopted by Social Work faculty on August 30, 2013)
The goals of the BSW program are to prepare students to respect human diversity, oppose social and economic injustice, and support and advocate for social reform in accordance with the NASW Code of Ethics. This preparation is rooted in the social work curriculum, which helps students develop professional values and ethics, as well as the micro and macro level practice skills needed to assist individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Graduates of the BSW program will be able to:
- Identify as a professional social worker, apply professional values and ethics to guide professional practice, and apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Understand the effects of oppression, discrimination, and inequality in a complex, multi-cultural society, and use policy practice skills to promote social and economic justice and deliver effective social work services.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to work with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities, and respond to changing social contexts that impact practice.
- Engage in BSW-level social work practice (engagement, assessment, micro/mezzo/macro intervention, evaluation) informed by the best available research and practice evidence, and pursue career-long critical analysis of practice.