Why should I choose Social Work at SHU?
The Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Sacred Heart University has been fully accredited by the council on Social Work Education since 1981, with a commitment to educate undergraduate students for responsible, ethical, and competent entry-level generalist social work practice. Graduates of the program are excellently prepared for:
- Beginning level professional social work practice in a broad range of social services;
- Graduate education in social work or related disciplines; and
- Active, informed citizenship – guided by the principles of social justice, equity, and economic opportunity.
Graduates of the program have been highly successful in their search for employment and in graduate school admissions. Students who are eligible may apply for Advanced Standing in a Master of Social Work program allowing completion of the MSW in one year. MSW programs are also offered online.
Students study Social Welfare Policy and Services, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Practice, Human Diversity and Social Justice, Junior and Senior Field Practicum and Seminar, and Research Methods. Students spend three semesters (600 hours) in field agencies as social work interns, learning practice skills under the supervision of professional social workers.
The Baccalaureate Social Work Program conducts all aspects of the educational program without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, ethnic or national origin, class, marital status, family structure, disability, or sexual orientation.
The mission of the social work program is to prepare students for entry level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. In this, we are guided by the professional ethics and standards of the social work profession and the Judeo-Christian principles of service, respect for human dignity, social and economic justice for the poor and disadvantaged, the vulnerable, and diverse populations. Our mission is consistent with the university’s Catholic Intellectual Tradition of academic excellence through research, social responsibility and service to others.
The Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the program are established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the professional body that accredits social work programs in the United States. The goals of Sacred Heart’s Baccalaureate Program are established to be in line with all CSWE requirements.
- for competent and effective entry level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. EPAS 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.1.7, 2.1.9, 2.1.10(a)
- to understand human development, respect for human diversity and the importance of human relationships in a multicultural and global society. EPAS 2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.1.7, 2.1.9
- to promote social and economic justice through policy practice skills advocating for policy change. EPAS 2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.1.8
- to integrate and apply the knowledge, values, skills, and ethics of the social work profession both professionally and personally. EPAS 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.9, 2.1.10(a)-2.1.10(d)
- to understand the importance of research in evidence based practice and its importance in the delivery of social services. EPAS 2.1.3, 2.1.6, 2.1.9, 2.1.10(b), 2.1.10(d)
- to provide leadership in service and social responsibility contributing to the community and to the profession. EPAS 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.1.6, 2.1.9, 2.1.10(c)
Competencies are measurable practice behaviors that are comprised of knowledge, values, and skills. The 10 Core competencies are listed below (EP 2.1.1 – EP 2.1.10(d)
- EP 2.1.1 – Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
- EP 2.1.2 – Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- EP 2.1.3 – Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- EP 2.1.4 – Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- EP 2.1.5 – Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
- EP 2.1.6 – Engage in research –informed practice and practice –informed research.
- EP 2.1.7 – Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- EP 2.1.8 – Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
- EP 2.1.9 – Respond to contexts that shape practice.
- EP 2.1.10 (a) – (d) – Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.