Carthage’s professional social work curriculum equips students with knowledge, values, and skills necessary for generalist practice. Through required field experiences, the department provides students with supervised opportunities to master the requisite competencies in actual practice situations.
The Carthage Social Work Department is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, an international agency that assures a program meets the standards established for a bachelor’s degree in social work.
Social work is an undergraduate major that prepares students to be competent and effective professionals, educated to provide leadership in the development of social service delivery systems. The department is based on a curriculum grounded in the profession’s history, purposes, and philosophy deemed necessary for entry-level generalist practice and/or graduate studies. The curriculum is based on a belief in the intrinsic value of all humankind and the advancement of social justice and human rights. It is committed to integrating the liberal arts with social work knowledge and values in order to serve those in need. The mission of the College has inherent philosophies consistent with the profession’s purpose, values, ethics, and mission.
The Carthage Social Work Department follows academic standards for professional preparation as set forth by the Council on Social Work Education. All aspects of the department are developed within the history, philosophy, and values of the profession.
To help students use critical thinking skills to integrate the liberal arts and our profession’s history, purpose, and philosophy into competent and effective professional social work skills which include interventions for a range of client systems.
To educate students to become agents of change. Specifically to advance issues of human diversity and the dignity and worth of the person by building on the resilience and strength of the client system(s), while assisting them in pursuing integrity in personal, professional, and institutional relations.
To prepare students to critically translate and apply research to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery in efforts directed toward uplifting social justice and human rights.
For students to demonstrate ethical and professional behavior according to the social work professional values and ethics.