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The undergraduate Social Work Program at West Virginia State University (WVSU) has a long tradition of preparing students for beginning generalist practice in a unique and culturally diverse learning environment. The “Generalist Model of Social Work” provides assurance that professional social work skills, values, and knowledge can be applied in working in a wide range of settings with individuals, groups, and social systems.

The program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1975 and has graduated over 600 students serving in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, aging, Veterans Affairs health care, youth services, corrections, disabilities, schools, industry, and social justice settings. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at other universities throughout the country. If you enjoy working with people and are looking for a profession that is interesting and fulfilling, you should consider Social Work as your career choice.

Social work is one of the oldest human service professions. It uses the social and behavioral sciences to understand and help individuals, families, groups, and communities realize their full potential. Students in the social work program learn professional values, master a broad range of knowledge about individuals, social systems, human diversity, social policy, and generalist practice theory; and develop skills related to analysis and problem solving, communication, research and generalist practice. The program helps students to integrate theoretical material from the classroom with the practical supervised field experience of working directly with individuals, groups, and communities.

You probably have many questions and are wondering what you can expect from our program. This handbook answers questions students often ask. If we have not addressed your concern, feel free to speak with any member of the Department’s faculty and staff.

Social Work Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Social Work Program is to prepare students for the beginning level of professional practice as social work generalists in a wide range of settings, with diverse populations, and with a special sense and appreciation for the peoples and institutions of West Virginia.

Social Work Program Goals

The primary goal of the program is to:

Prepare the undergraduate student for baccalaureate level generalist practice in social work in a wide range of settings with diverse populations.

Because most students who graduate from the program stay in the local area, their academic preparation includes opportunities that provide them with a special sense and appreciation for the peoples and institutions of West Virginia.

Other inter-related goals are to:

Provide students with generalist knowledge and skills necessary for beginning social work practice.

Instill in students high standards of social work values and ethics throughout the curriculum.

Provide students with a broad understanding of the nature of human needs and a perspective on the ways social welfare programs address human needs.

Offer liberal arts foundation, which enriches student growth and provides an understanding useful for thinking critically about society, people and their problems, and about expressions of culture.

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