The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare students for generalist social work practice with diverse populations and to cultivate community leaders who will implement humane social policies, services, and programs that restore social and economic justice for at-risk children and their families. The cornerstone of the program is commitment to personal and community well being and the cultural integrity of Native American communities.

The BSW curriculum has been developed according to the educational standards established by the Council on Social Work Education and is based on a solid liberal arts foundation that emphasizes cultural understanding, critical thinking, communication, and citizenship. The upper-level Social Work courses provide a sound knowledge base for social work practice; promote growth in self-awareness, cultural competence, and professional ethics; and prepare students for graduate-level social work education. Supervised field experience in either tribal or non-tribal social service agencies is an integral part of the program.

Accreditation

The SKC Bachelor of Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation.

BSW Course Requirements

Please refer to the BSW course requirements list in the Social Work Application or in the SKC catalog.

Career Outlook

A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common minimum requirement to qualify for a job as a social worker; however, majors in psychology, sociology, and related fields may qualify for some entry-level jobs, especially in small community agencies. Although a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for entry into the field, an advanced degree is required for some positions. A master’s degree in social work (MSW) is typically required for positions in health and school settings and is required for clinical work, as well. Some jobs in public and private agencies may require an advanced degree, such as an MSW with a concentration in social services policy or administration. Supervisory, administrative, and staff training positions usually require an advanced degree. College and university teaching positions and most research appointments normally require a doctorate in social work (DSW or Ph.D.).

(Information retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos060.htm, on February 23, 2012)

Median annual wages of child, family, and school social workers were $39,530 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $31,040 and $52,080. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,870, and the top 10 percent earned more than $66,430.

Bachelor of Social Work Program Objectives

  • Prepare students for entry-level employment in organizations and agencies and/or graduate level education.
  • Prepare competent generalist social workers guided by professional values and ethics, person-in-environment perspective, as well as historical understanding that inform practice within contemporary structures in a rapidly changing global context.
  • Prepare community leaders committed to identifying the causes of poverty, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice; formulating social change strategies; and applying those strategies to promote human rights and social and economic justice at every level.
  • Foster an inquiry-based learning environment that encourages students to investigate and incorporate effective evidence-based practices rooted in indigenous knowledge.
  • Promote cultural competence to advance respectful practice with diverse populations of all sizes with a special focus on the integration of indigenous knowledge and the preservation of the cultural integrity of Native American communities.
  • Cultivate globally aware lifelong learners who engage in scientific inquiry; critically assess, synthesize, integrate, and communicate relevant information; and employ creativity and curiosity in both research and practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the B.S.W. degree, the graduates are expected to:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking 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.