The Social Work Mission

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is to prepare students for entry-level generalist practice with diverse populations in an increasingly complex and interconnected world, emphasizing social and economic justice for populations at risk.  The program encourages social work career development through affiliation with professional organizations, pursuit of graduate education, and involvement in continuing education. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Program Goals

The UAB BSW program has developed the following goals that are derived from our mission.  These goals reflect the values, ethics, and knowledge base of the social work profession.

  • To enhance communities by graduating entry-level professional social workers who are competent to provide generalist practice services to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations within the world with emphasis on at-risk populations.
  • To prepare students to pursue and excel in further social work education and life long learning.
  • To prepare students to apply research, knowledge and policy to guide and evaluate generalist practice.
  • To promote faculty scholarship, research, service, and participation in the policy process to enhance social functioning and well-being for populations at risk.

The College of Arts and Sciences examines the diversity of human behavior in its social and historical context.  The BSW program prepares students for entry-level generalist practice with diverse populations in variety of settings.  The curriculum is based on values, knowledge and the development of both practice and professional skills.