The BASW Program

BASW program

BASW Program Mission

In concert with the School's mission, the BASW Program, built on a strong liberal arts base, prepares its students to be competent entry-level generalist social work practitioners and for graduate education.  The program provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to engage in responsible practice with a diverse populations, promotes critical analysis of environmental factors affecting individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, and advocate for those who confront structural barriers, thus preparing students for service and leadership.

BASW Program Goals

The goal of the BASW Program is to prepare students to competently engage in generalist social work practice.  As such, it is our goal that by completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  1. Practice according to the principles, values, and ethics that guide the social work profession.
  2. Use their liberal arts foundation and their understanding of bio-psycho-social-spiritual-cultural development to engage in evidence-based generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations within a multicultural society.
  3. Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice.
  4. Continue formal education in either graduate social work education or other graduate disciplines.

The BASW Program Faculty have defined "generalist practice" as:
The application of knowledge, values, and skills of the general method of problem-solving, which spans the processes of engagement, data collection, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and termination. Preparation in the general method focuses on the application of the method to client/consumer systems of various sizes (individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations). Key to this problem-solving approach is its applicability to multi-cultural contexts, focusing on the strengths inherent in clients/consumers' and systems. The ethics and values of the social work profession anchor this practice.

The BASW Program has also identified a number of more specific and measurable objectives that allow us to document progress toward attaining our goals. We expect graduates from the BASW Program to practice in a manner consistent with social work traditions, values, and ethics, as expressed in the NASW Code of Ethics.

See BASW Student Handbook (PDF).