School of Social Work


Bachelors Program

The Bachelor of Arts degree program with a major in Social Work (BASW) offers generalist preparation for professional entry-level positions in a variety of social service settings. Social Work is the appropriate professional program for students whose job expectation and career goals include working with special populations and social problems such as child abuse, aging, mental health, probation and parole, adoptions, foster care, community services, school social work, medical social work, residential facility care, corrections, hospices, hospital and other public and private human service agencies

Goals & Objectives:

The goals of the BASW Program are to:

  • Prepare competent social work professionals for effective entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities;
  • Prepare students for generalist social work practice with rural populations particularly in North Central Louisiana; and
  • Prepare students to meet the social service needs of the African-American community.
The objectives of the program stipulates that students will:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the biological, psychological and social structural components of human beings in their functional capacity as individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities;
  2. Trace the evolution of social welfare as an institution while evaluating the social, economic and political milieu which determines policies programs and services;
  3. Apply generalist social work practice skills with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, in diverse settings and with diverse populations;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of how research and statistics may be used to guide one as consumer and as foundation for a beginning examination of practice;
  5. Perform in agency, under supervision, the generalist practice skills sufficient for intervention with individuals, families, groups, and
    communities and with diverse populations in diverse settings, but most particularly in rural Louisiana;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of social work's values, ethics, and ethical dilemmas;
  7. Discuss issues of social, economic and political justice identifying environments that give value to one set of policies, procedures and practices over another;
  8. Analyze the impact of social policy on African Americans, women, individuals with different sexual preference, the physically, mentally, and developmentally challenged and other-at-risk populations;
  9. Demonstrate leadership responsibility; and
  10. Discuss the importance of continuing professional education

 


Masters Program

The Mission of the MSW Program is consistent with the University’s and School’s commitment to excellence in education, and emphasizes high academic standards. The program is characterized by a strong commitment to teaching, research, professional practice, and service to the community. It is dedicated to promoting social justice, equality, and respect for individual dignity, emphases which reflect the values of the social work profession. Through the creation of appropriate learner-centered environments, the MSW Program sensitizes students to the social and human realities that culminate in poverty and oppression for populations-at-risk, especially African Americans and rural residents in North Central Louisiana. By pursuing these learning environments, the MSW Program fulfills its mission to provide a sound, professional education which will prepare students for competent, autonomous practice with diverse groups at all system levels, in diverse agency settings, the community, state, nation, and the world.