Offered by the Department of Social Work and Sociology
Associate Professors Daly, Madigan, Mansfield (Chairperson), Purk
Assistant Professors Welch
The child welfare minor is designed for students interested in better understanding the care and protection of children in today’s society. It introduces students to issues specific to children, from developmental, environmental, and social work perspectives. It is an appropriate minor for any student who will be working in roles that involve protecting vulnerable children.
The five Social Work Program goals derived from the mission statement are to:
- Educate future social workers who will lead the profession in service to their communities (local, regional and beyond).
- Provide an academically challenging curriculum that models the tenets, values and ethics that serve as the foundation for generalist social work practice.
- Promote social justice through critical inquiry.
- Provide field education that enhances the student’s connection between theory and application, and increases awareness of diversity and research informed practice.
- Promote diversity and cultural awareness through exposure to course content and cross-cultural activities and experiences.
Program Learning Outcomes:
The program’s curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for generalist practice through the mastery of core competencies, those measurable practice behaviors that are comprised of knowledge, values, and skills. The ten competencies insure that students will:
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct themselves accordingly.
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- Apply critical thinking skills 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, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.