The Bachelor of Arts program in social work prepares students for beginning employment in social work or for graduate study. Students considering social work as a career should be interested in people of widely varying ages, abilities, and backgrounds; these students must also be disciplined, emotionally stable, and intellectually creative. Social workers typically find employment in children's services, home health care for older adults, hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes, schools, and probation and parole boards. While most social workers perform direct practice duties, others are employed as outreach workers, community organizers, and administrators in public, voluntary, and for-profit agencies.
The baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Applications are currently accepted one time per year, February 1. Students should contact the department if they have questions about the application criteria and admissions requirements, and to make an appointment with an advisor.
To graduate with a social work degree, a grade of C or higher is required in all social work courses.
Program Learning Outcomes:
The Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) requires all students to master the following nine competencies:
- Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
- Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
- Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
- Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
- Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice
- Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Social Work Honors Program
The Department of Social Work recognizes superior achievement by social work majors with an honors program that allows students to graduate with the designation of honors in social work. Students in the program have an opportunity to pursue original research and analysis that goes beyond the requirements of their course work.
Junior and senior university honors students with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.5 average in social work may apply. Students must initiate and successfully complete an honors project. The department suggests that honors students take at least one UH 400 interdisciplinary seminar before starting their honors project.
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