Welcome to Social Work
Dear Social Work Student:
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to the Social Work Program within the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Texas Woman's University. Your decision to pursue a baccalaureate degree in social work demonstrates that you seek an educational experience that will not only expand your knowledge of our world but will also prepare you to improve our world through service as a professional social worker.
Social workers stand on the cutting edge of providing solutions to the problems created by the structure of our society. With a commitment to the values and ethics of the social work profession, we strive to achieve social and economic justice for all people, regardless of age, class, race, ethnicity, culture, ability, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or family structure. This commitment is found regardless of the areas of social work in which we choose to practice and will be found in new areas as they emerge. Social work is a proactive profession striving to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and diversifying society.
As you progress through the TWU Social Work Program, I hope that you will find our courses enriching, your knowledge and skills empowering, and your commitment to the social work profession enduring. We look forward to making this journey with you!
Mark Sandel, LMSW
Social Work Program Director
Mission, Goals, and Objectives of the B.S.W. Program at TWU
Excerpt from Social Work Program Student Handbook
Recognizing that students are global citizens of the larger world, it is the mission of the Social Work Program at TWU to provide students with a thorough understanding of the history, purposes, and philosophy of the social work profession; to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for them to engage effective generalist social work practice with diverse populations; to develop social work knowledge that will enhance the profession; and to develop leaders in the field.
The TWU Social Work Program prepares baccalaureate students for professional social work roles by emphasizing the following educational goals and objectives.
The goals of the Social Work Program at TWU are to:
- Prepare students for critical thinking through an educational process combining a liberal arts foundation with professional social work education
- Prepare students to understand and practice with diverse populations, to focus on the structural causes and consequences of social and economic injustice, and to equip students with knowledge and skills to promote positive social change
- Prepare students to value, employ, and conduct social science research in order to develop evidence based practice and to analyze and influence social policy
- Prepare students who will incorporate the values and ethics of the social work profession into their professional social work practice with an emphasis on and commitment to diverse and at-risk populations and the promotion of social and economic justice
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