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Department of Social Work


The Department of Social Work is one of two departments in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Accredited since 1965, we prepare social work professionals with undergraduate and graduate degree programs. While our faculty have a variety of areas of expertise, faculty specialties are in child welfare, gerontology, and behavioral health. We house the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research (CABHR) and the Child Welfare Training Program.

Department of Social Work Mission

As a Department in an urban research university, the mission of the Department of Social Work is to promote positive change through social work research, scholarship, education, and community partnerships.  The Department promotes the values of the social work profession through a commitment to social justice and diversity, a dedication to public service, and an emphasis on individual and community well-being. 

In furtherance of its mission, the goals of the Social Work Department are:

  • To educate students to become highly skilled, culturally competent and ethical social workers and to provide leadership for the practice of social justice.
  • To create and disseminate knowledge leading to social work and inter-disciplinary innovations.
  • To engage in research and apply results that inform social work policy, practice, advocacy, education, and future research.
  • To collaborate with community partners in promoting: evidence-informed practice, educational and research partnerships, and social and economic justice.

Additional goals for each program:

The BSSW program goal is to prepare graduates for generalist practice and leadership with diverse populations and communities.

The goal of the MSW Program is to prepare graduates with specialized knowledge and skills for advanced practice and leadership with diverse populations and communities.

The Ph.D. Program in Social Work prepares students to make significant contributions to social work education and the knowledge base of the profession.

Assessment Results

BSW Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

MSW Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes - M4E

MSW Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes - F4E