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Mission & Goals

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Social Work Program Mission

In keeping with the University’s and College’s goals, 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.

Program Goals

The BSW Program goals are derived from the program’s mission. The goals are:

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 work’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.

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Social Work (Bachelor of Social Work, B.S.W.)

General Studies
Major Requirements
SOC 230Social Problems3
SWK 250Introduction to Social Work4
SWK 320Philosophy and Policy in Social Services I3
SWK 330Human Behavior and the Social Environment I3
SWK 340Human Behavior and the Social Environment II3
SWK 350Social Work Practice I4
SWK 360Social Work Practice II3
SWK 415Social Work Practice III4
SWK 420Philosophy and Policy in Social Services II3
SWK 480Practicum in Social Work10
SWK 485Social Work Practicum Seminar2
Applied Learning Research Requirement
Select one of the Applied Learning Research Requirement Options9
Diversity Requirement
SOC 400Racial and Ethnic Relations3
Select 3 credit hours from the following:3
Multicultural Education
Human Sexuality
Gender and Politics
Psychology of Gender
Religions of East Asia and Oceania
Religions of the West
Religions of South Asia and Africa
World of Islam: People, Cultures & Societies
The Family
Restricted Electives
Select nine credit hours from the following:9
Introduction to Mediation
Introduction to Aging Studies
Mental Health and Social Work
Selected Topics in Social Work
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Use and Disorders
Death And Dying
Bridge to Practicum
Independent Research/Project

Applied Learning Research Requirement

Option 1

Select one of the following:3
Business Statistics I
Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Research
Introductory Psychological Statistics 1
or any other approved statistics course
SOC 460Methods of Social Research 23
SWK 465Advanced Research Project3
or SOC 465 Advanced Research Project
Total Credit Hours9

Option 2

LAW 325Understanding Research in Criminal Justice3
LAW 405Research Methods3
LAW 420Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice3
Total Credit Hours9

NOTE: Students are expected to meet the professional and academic standards of conduct.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and above, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper division courses.  Lower division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional course work (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all SWK prefix coursework in the major.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form to the Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work Department.

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