The mission of the undergraduate social work program at Plymouth State University 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–that I may serve). The faculty serve the profession through their teaching, scholarship, and service to the state of New Hampshire and the wider community.
(Approved by faculty 12/8/10)
The goals of the BSW program are to prepare students to respect human diversity, oppose social and economic injustice, and support and advocate for social reform in accordance with the NASW Code of Ethics. This preparation is rooted in the social work curriculum, which helps students develop professional values and ethics, as well as the micro and macro level practice skills needed to assist individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Graduates of the BSW program will be able to:
- Identify as a professional social worker, apply professional values and ethics to guide professional practice, and apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Understand the effects of oppression, discrimination, and inequality in a complex, multi-cultural society, and use policy practice skills to promote social and economic justice and deliver effective social work services.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to work with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities, and respond to changing social contexts that impact practice.
- Engage in BSW-level social work practice (engagement, assessment, micro/mezzo/macro intervention, evaluation) informed by the best available research and practice evidence, and pursue career-long critical analysis of practice.