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MSW Curriculum

SSW MSW GradsOur methods-based curriculum is grounded in the major objectives of contemporary social work: to help people achieve more satisfying lives as individuals, in their family relationships, and in their group undertakings, and to participate with other professions and citizen groups to achieve social justice, equitable opportunity, and economic well-being for all.

Curriculum development is an active and ongoing process at the School; this ensures that we continue to reflect state-of-the-art knowledge and practice experience to meet the needs of students, clients, and agencies. The evolution of our curriculum is driven by consistently expanding a research-informed knowledge base. The curriculum benefits from the scholarship of our faculty members, whose current thinking on teaching, training, and service is based on their daily experiences as professional social workers in an ever-changing field. The curriculum benefits especially from the participation of students, who provide ongoing and systematic feedback on educational experiences and make recommendations for change.

Our school’s commitment to diversity is nowhere more evident than in the curriculum. It is enhanced by the breadth of faculty knowledge and experience and animated by a student body representing a broad range of ages, backgrounds, and life experiences. We offer you the opportunity to explore and challenge existing ideas about social work.

Required classroom and field courses within our foundation curriculum encompass knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, social welfare issues, policies and services, social work commitment, human oppression, and research methodology. Education focuses on the strengths and potentiality of groups, individuals, families, communities, and organizations, and the professional skills to work with and on their behalf. Because the world is the way it is, we pay special attention to meeting the needs of women, children, and the elderly; people of color, especially those who are African-American, Caribbean-American, and Puerto Rican/Latin@; immigrant groups; people with disabilities; people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, lesbian and gay people, and all those who suffer the effects of violence, poverty, and deprivation.

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