We seek to develop advanced strategies of intervention to achieve social and economic justice while combating the cause and effect of institutional forms of oppression. The mission of the Department of Social Work is grounded in the concept of social and economic justice with a focus on African Americans and other at-risk populations in the context of an urban inner-city environment. Our mission reflects the University’s mission of preparing students academically and professionally to become leaders prepared to promote social justice and to serve its traditional African American clientele while expanding its commitment to a diverse student body.
Our mission is further informed by the history, demographic and social economic environment of the university. The Department of Social Work and the University are located in an urban inner-city environment and have a history of community outreach and engagement. The Department of Social Work uses its knowledge and expertise to impact upon community problems associated with our urban setting. Some of the most intractable problems include crime, gangs, and family disorganization.
Undergraduate Degree Program (Bachelor of Social Work)
Our undergraduate degree program (BSW) is committed to preparing students to become generalist social work practitioners skilled in working with individuals, families, organization and communities.
Our graduate degree program (Master of Social Work) is committed to the education of advanced social work practitioners skilled in the promotion of social change at the individual, group, organizational and community levels of interventions that further the achievement of social and economic justice.