Social Work

University of Mississippi

BSW Program Mission

To prepare competent and ethical generalist social workers, for scientific inquiry, who are leaders committed to diversity, social and economic justice, and the enrichment of the quality of life, with systems of all sizes, at every level of society.

Educational Goals

  1. Prepare generalist social workers that are able to integrate the knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession for competent practice in settings with individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities.
  2. Acculturate students to the profession of social work through the study of its history, purposes, and philosophy.
  3. Prepare students to practice ethically with diverse populations and systems of all sizes, to alleviate poverty and oppression and to provide social and economic justice for all citizens.
  4. Provide students with content about social contexts of social work practice, the changing nature of those contexts, the behavior found in systems, and the dynamics of change.
  5. Prepare students who will demonstrate a commitment to continue life-long learning and professional growth, which may include graduate education in social work and other disciplines.

Core Competencies

  1. EP 2.1.1 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. EP 2.1.2 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. EP 2.1.3 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgment.
  4. EP 2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. EP 2.1.5 Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. EP 2.1.6 Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. EP 2.1.7 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
  8. EP 2.1.8 Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. EP 2.1.9 Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. EP 2.1.10 (a)-(d) Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.