The University of St. Thomas

Missions, Goals & Objectives

Undergraduate Social Work - Mission, Goals, and Objectives

BSW Mission

We prepare students to use social work knowledge, values, and skills for beginning generalist practice with diverse populations, reflecting a commitment to social justice, human rights, and professional ethics.

Goals of the Undergraduate Social Work Program

The overall goals of the undergraduate Social Work Program are to equip students with knowledge, values, and skills for social work practice.

1. Preparation of students for beginning generalist professional practice.

2. Preparation of students to understand the values and ethics of the social work profession and practice accordingly.

3. Preparation of students for practice with diverse populations.

4. Preparation of students to link social research and best social service practices.

5. Preparation of students for lifelong learning.

6. Preparation of students to understand the role of social policy in promoting social and economic justice.

Program Objectices

The Social Work Program objectives further specify the program goals. The objectives represent capabilities based on skills, knowledge, and values developed by students through participation in and completion of the social work program. More specifically, they are able to:

1. Practice effectively with client systems of all sizes.

2. Apply problem-solving method of engagement, assessment, planning, goal setting, monitoring, and termination.

3. Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social-spiritual variables that affect individual development and behavior.

4. Assess interactions between people and their social environments.

5. Apply critical thinking skills to generalist social work practice.

6. Support and uphold professional standards, values, and ethics.

7. Demonstrate professional use of self.

8. Engage effectively in practice with diverse client systems.

9. Communicate effectively with diverse populations, including clients, colleagues, organizations, and communities.

10. Use best practices in working with clients.

11. Evaluate and pursue one's own professional growth and development.

12. Use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.

13. Understand current issues of concern to the social worl profession and their historical context.

14. Participate in appropriate change efforts within the structure of organizations.

15. Understand the forms and mechanics of oppression and discrimination.

16. Apply strategies of advocacy for social and organizational change.

17. Develop an international perspective of social justice.

18. Analyze, formulate, and influence social policies that advance social and economic justice.

Definition of Generalist Social Work


Generalist social work practice employs purposeful relationships based on social work knowledge, values and skills and uses the strengths perspective to accomplish the goals of improving client functioning and establishing a more just society. The Integrative Pespective articulates generalist social work practice. Generalist social work practice understands human behavior in the context of the social, political, economic and environmental factors, and, therefore, embraces a commitment to work with clients at multiple levels including, individuals and families, communities and organizations, institutions and society, both national and global.