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Department of Social Work

120
Total Credit Hours
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Social Work

Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission

The undergraduate social work program at Austin Peay State University reflects the faculty’s concern to fill a need for compassionate, ethical, knowledgeable and skilled generalist social workers who are committed to practice in the aid of vulnerable and oppressed groups and advance human rights.  The program seeks to provide an educational experience which opens students’ minds and hearts to social work’s historical commitment to social betterment, peace and justice.

Through holding high the vision and purposes of social work, the program aims to inspire students to be proactive as generalist social workers in building a more just and equitable future in which access to life sustaining resources and opportunity structures is not thwarted by one’s race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, age, culture, religion or disability. 

The programs focuses on educating generalist practitioners who build on the strengths and resources of people and their environments, engage in advocacy, and use empowerment as a guiding principle toward achieving personal, interpersonal, social and economic justice.   With and through its graduates, the program strives to contribute to the uplifting and well-being of people in our respective communities as well as the profession itself. 

Graduates who honor diversity, uphold the highest ethical standards and practice the creative art of blending social work knowledge, values, and skills in the helping process are the program’s greatest hope for the future.

The program’s mission embraces not only the art, heart and conscience of social work but also the central importance of research-guided knowledge and problem-solving in nurturing the science of social work.    Educating graduates who value research and use a reasoned approach for assessing, intervening, and evaluating practice outcomes related to planned change forms a significant aspect of the program’s mission.  In this manner, the program seeks to increase the work force of generalist social workers engaging in accountable, empirically-based practice, knowledge building and sharing of their own practice wisdom.

The program’s mission also recognizes the mounting impact of information technology on how social workers work and the implications for lifelong learning.  The program seeks to strengthen social workers’ use of information technology by graduating students who have a good foundation of information literacy competencies upon which to build and lead as “next generation” twenty-first  century practitioners. 

Rapidly advancing technology and the knowledge explosion have tremendous significance for lifelong learning.  Both sharply influence not only what is to be learned but also how.   Influencing a commitment to lifelong learning is integral to the program’s mission of “passing the torch” effectively and enriching the future of social work in our region.

In summary, the program’s mission is to advance the presence of professional social work and strengthen social work practice in the region and respective communities where graduates choose to work.   It is a mission of educating students to build on the strengths and resources of people and their environments, engage in advocacy and use empowerment as a guiding principle toward achieving personal, interpersonal, social and economic justice.  The mission is linked to a broader purpose of promoting human well-being and social betterment.


Program Goals

The goals of the program are derived from its mission, the purposes of social work as well as expectations for the structure of baccalaureate social work education.  The goals of the program are to:


 Program Objectives

 The intent of the social work program is to graduate students who are able to:

Why study Social Work at APSU?

The undergraduate social work program at Austin Peay State University reflects the faculty’s concern to fill a need for compassionate, ethical, knowledgeable and skilled generalist social workers who are committed to practice in the aid of vulnerable and oppressed groups and advance human rights.  The program seeks to provide an educational experience which opens students’ minds and hearts to social work’s historical commitment to social betterment, peace and justice.  The program’s mission embraces not only the art, heart and conscience of social work but also the central importance of research-guided knowledge and problem-solving in nurturing the science of social work.    Educating graduates who value research and use a reasoned approach for assessing, intervening, and evaluating practice outcomes related to planned change forms a significant aspect of the program’s mission.  In this manner, the program seeks to increase the work force of generalist social workers engaging in accountable, empirically-based practice, knowledge building and sharing of their own practice wisdom.

What will I learn?

The intent of the Social Work program is to graduate students who are able to  practice within the values and ethics of social work and with an understanding and appreciation of diversity; and, use communication skills appropriate to interacting with a vareity of diverse populations, colleagues, and members of the community. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunties are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are …………..coming soon

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do Social Work Majors Do After Graduation?

Having a bachelor’s degree in social work is the minimum requirement for entry into the profession.  A master’s degree in social work or related field may be the standard for many positions.  Licensing as an independent practitioner requires a master’s degree in social work and in most states two years of clinical supervision. Social Work gradautes will be prepared  for entry-levels generalist social work with client systems of various types and sizes.  

  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

How Do I Get Started?

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