PSU has offered the baccalaureate social work (BSW) degree since 1983 and been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1995. CSWE is the national educational policy and accreditation standard setting organization for BSW and MSW degree programs in the United States. Accreditation indicates that a program has achieved academic excellence by meeting the thresholds for professional competence established by the Council.
The department has an excellent, committed faculty, an engaged group of students, and a unique set of options in its curriculum that allow students to focus on child and family services, aging services, health services, mental health services, or social services for Spanish-speaking communities. Additionally, the department has a Child Welfare Educational Tuition Partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families, which provides full tuition and a annual ($2,500) stipend for our students.
“The signature pedagogy in social work is field education [which] … connects the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting … classroom and field … contribute to the development of the requisite competencies of professional practice.”—CSWE Handbook of Accreditation Standards and Procedures. Each student spends a minimum of 450 supervised hours in a social work practicum in a variety of settings: schools, residential facilities, hospitals, youth agencies, protective service offices, domestic violence programs and other human service agencies in New Hampshire.
The mission of the program is to provide professional social work education, which prepares students for BSW-level generalist social work practice rooted in the purpose and values of the profession. This mission is derived from the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, and service to the community. (Ut prosim, or “that I may serve,” is the PSU motto.) The faculty serve the profession through their teaching, scholarship, and service to the state of New Hampshire and the wider community (Approved by social work faculty 12/8/10).