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College of Education and Human Services

MSW Program Objectives

The goals of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program are carried out through a series of objectives so that upon completion of the M.S.W. degree, program graduates will be able to accomplish the following within specific content areas:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge which is built upon a liberal arts background and social work  values, ethics, history, and philosophy, and apply it to contemporary social concerns (EP 2,5: Values and Ethics);

  2. Apply knowledge and skills to practice within rural and diverse populations to promote social and economic justice and human rights that include age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation through the use of strategies of advocacy and social changes which advances social and economic justice and human rights (EP 3: Diversity);

  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge about the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply advocacy strategies which serve to promote social change, social and economic justice, and human rights (EP 4: Populations at risk);

  4. Apply the professional use of self and self- and critical-thinking skills within professional contexts of practice to include individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities (EP 1: Human behavior in the social environment);

  5. Analyze, develop programs, and impact social welfare policies (EP 8: Social Welfare Policy and Services);

  6. Intervene with strength-based skills and knowledge of social work practice for service delivery utilizing communication skills with all levels of systems (micro, mezzo and macro) in rural, urban and international levels (EP M6: Social Work Practice);

  7. Demonstrate the ability to use the knowledge of  program evaluation and self-evaluation within the context of  research-based and evidence-based practice using both qualitative and quantitative approaches including single-system designs (EP 9: Research)

  8. Demonstrate the use of communication skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues, and members of the community (EP 8: Field education);\

  9. Apply the knowledge and skills of advanced practice to function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change within micro, mezzo, and macro levels (EP 12: Field education)