Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work

Mission Statement

The mission of the MWSU Social Work Program is to prepare undergraduate students for ethical and effective generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in Northwest Missouri and surrounding areas. Social work graduates will value human dignity, social and economic justice, and human and cultural diversity. They will competently serve individuals from diverse backgrounds including persons who are poor, vulnerable, oppressed, and living in rural areas. They will work to reduce poverty, oppression, and discrimination by making government and social service agencies more just and responsive to consumer needs. In addition to preparing competent social workers, MWSU's Social Work Program is dedicated to offering its professional expertise and academic resources to support community efforts to enhance human well being.

BSW Program Goals
1) The program will prepare students in a broad, liberal arts perspective.

2) The program will prepare students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, communities, and society in changing social contexts.

3) The program will prepare students to be knowledgeable in the social worker's history, values, ethics, and theories.

4) The program will prepare students to be sensitive to issues regarding diversity, social and economic justice, social advocacy, social change, and populations-at-risk.

5) The program will prepare students to effectively apply knowledge and skills related to human behavior in the social environment, social work practice, social work ethics, policy, practice evaluation and research, and professional and personal development in practice with diverse populations.

6) The program will provide professional expertise and resources to community efforts designed to promote human well-being and social and economic justice.