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BSW Mission & Goals


The Baccalaureate of Social Work (BSW) Program prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice in a variety of settings, including nonprofit, private, and state-sponsored settings. Consistent with this mission, the BSW program prepares competent social workers who are dedicated to advancing social work knowledge and practice and to providing services to at-risk populations. This includes, but is not limited to, alleviating social injustice, poverty, oppression and discrimination.


It is our goal to prepare students to:

  1. Provide culturally competent, generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations;
  2. Practice according to the principles, values, and ethics that guide the social work profession;
  3. Acknowledge and positively impact the biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural factors that impact how people function;
  4. Analyze social policies with the goals of alleviating poverty, oppression and social injustice, as well as advocate for human rights;
  5. Utilize a planned change model that is based upon an understanding of the ecosystems perspective, is driven by a commitment to social justice, and is grounded in culturally sensitive empirical research and theory; and
  6. Address the human service needs in the state of Georgia and the surrounding region.