Social Work is a professional practice. The primary educational goal of the major is preparation for generalist social work practice in social agencies. Through professional foundation courses and electives, students acquire skills, knowledge, values, and ethics required for beginning Social Work practice. A minor is not required for this major.
Rationale and Mission–The Social Work Major
The Social Work Department at MSCD is committed to educating and training BSSW social work professionals in generalist social work practice so that they may provide direct and indirect services to minority and majority clients. The focus of the department is on problems that often affect oppressed minorities representing people of color (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American) and other diverse populations (women and children, gays and lesbians, the developmentally delayed and the aging). The department is committed to helping those individuals in need and working toward leadership in the social, economic and political context that often fosters painful and socially unjust human conditions.
The needs of metropolitan Denver and other areas warrant a generalist perspective in which students are able to identify the destructive impact of negative interactions between individuals and systems in their environment. Such interactions often have detrimental effects upon the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and larger systems. Through professional foundation courses and electives, students acquire skills, knowledge, values and ethics required for beginning Social Work practice. Clients are seen as partners in the process of working toward mutually agreed upon goals rooted in generalist practice. Using problem-solving methods aimed at individual and group empowerment, the impact of historic and current negative valuations of diverse, populations at risk may slowly be mitigated.
Goals of the Social Work Major
The goals of the Social Work Department reflect the mission of MSCD and the purposes of the social work profession:
- To prepare students for generalist social work practice with diverse, populations at risk including individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and larger systems.
- To prepare students for entry level, professional practice in social agencies that address the needs of diverse, urban populations.
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills for understanding the dynamic nature of social problems, social policies, social agencies, and social change in the context of the urban environment as an evolving ecological system.
- To provide an ethical foundation to guide students in beginning and continued professional social work practice in keeping with social work values.
- To prepare graduates to further develop their potential for life-long learning and continued professional growth and development.
The Social Work major is accredited with the Council on Social Work Education and received initial accreditation in February 1997 and reaccreditation in 2001 and 2008.
Advanced Standing in Graduate School
Students who graduate with a B.S. in social work from an accredited undergraduate social work program may apply for advanced standing (where available) in social work graduate programs (M.S.W.). This often means that students may complete their M.S.W. degree in one year instead of two years.