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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work

Dr. Vicki Root, Interim Director

Dr. Rebecca Anthony​, Undergraduate Program Chair


Stephen Oby, Graduate Program Director


School Faculty and Staff

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Social work is a dynamic-growth profession based upon knowledge drawn from its own experience and from the social sciences. It has a code of ethics, practice standards and a nationwide system of accredited education programs.

Social workers are people who care about the needs of others. Members of this profession have the knowledge, skills and values to work with a wide range of people, communities and problems. Help for an individual or a family can be as simple as an interview and as complex as promoting change in a large bureaucracy. Social workers are found in such diverse fields as mental health, child welfare, health care, public welfare, family services, developmental disabilities, services to older people, criminal justice, substance use and social justice organizations.

The School of Social Work undergraduate program, accredited since 1974 by the Council on Social Work Education, prepares graduates for entry-level generalist social work practice and advanced graduate education. Grounded in the liberal arts and the ethics and values of the social work profession, the mission of SU’s B.A.S.W. program is to inspire and educate competent and culturally responsive social work professionals to be prepared for beginning level generalist practice in local, regional, national and global arenas. Graduates of the program are awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work.

The Master of Social Work program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 2004, prepares professional social workers to engage in advanced practice with individuals, families and groups. The program educates ethical, competent and culturally responsive practitioners who can work with a high degree of autonomy and skill, along with active community engagement in the pursuit of social and economic justice. Graduates of the program are awarded a Master of Social Work.


    Bachelor of Arts in Social WorkDual DegreeMaster of Social WorkUndergraduate Minors