Social Work
University of Mississippi

BSW Program Mission

The mission of the BSW program is to educate and prepare professional social workers who are knowledgeable and impactful agents of change.

We integrate academic study and professional training in ways that foster the knowledge, skills, and values to:

  • Serve and engage vulnerable populations in local communities and beyond
  • Engage in evidence-based practice informed by research, client perspective & expertise
  • Promote social and economic justice with an appreciation of diversity
  • Improve community health and well-being.

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. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities