Bachelor of Social Work Program
Millersville's social work baccalaureate program first received CSWE accreditation in 1981 and is currently accredited through June 2019.
THE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM AND THE PROFESSION
In September 1978, the social work program at Millersville State College became the Department of Social Work. Previously it had been a major course of study for two years within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. From 1965 to 1976, the program consisted of four sequential courses. It was then expanded because the Pennsylvania Department of Education designated this college to have an institutional mission in the social aspects of human services. Today, the primary mission of the social work program is to prepare students to achieve entry level professional competence as generalist social work practitioners.
The social work program has been developed within the framework of curriculum content outlined by the Council on Social Work Education Accreditation Standards. The courses are carefully sequenced so that students may build upon previously acquired knowledge and have opportunities to experience the integration of various bodies of knowledge. The general education requirements of Millersville University provide a foundation for social work courses in the major. It is designed so as to assist students in developing social work values and professional ethics as described in the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.
SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT
Affirming the mission of Millersville University, a public, liberal arts institution situated in South Central Pennsylvania, the Baccalaureate Social Work Program educates students to be competent, effective social work professionals who embrace core social work values, enhance human and community well-being, and promote social and economic justice through generalist social work practice. The University and the Program provide a learning environment that prepares students to work in an increasingly diverse society and to meet contemporary social, cultural, economic, political, and global challenges.
SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM GOALS
To meet the purpose of the profession, and the mission of the university and the program, faculty seek to prepare students to engage in
- Effective, ethical generalist social work practice
- Practice that advances human rights and social and economic justice
- Effective policy practice
- Research informed practice and practice informed research
- Practice with diverse individuals and communities in a global environment
SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM CORE COMPETENCIES
Upon completion of the undergraduate Social Work degree, graduates will be able to:
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services
- Respond to contexts that shape practice
- Engage, assess, intervene, evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities