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 critical social service delivery systems. Based on a belief in the intrinsic value of all humankind and the advancement of social justice and human rights, we are committed to educating students in becoming anti- racist, anti-oppressive, generalist critical social work practitioners. Our program is committed to an interdisciplinary approach which integrates the liberal arts with critical social work knowledge and values in order to serve those most marginalized in the U.S. and the world by advancing social justice through courageous ideas and actions.
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 educate students in the application of professional values, ethics and knowledge grounded in anti-oppressive theories and social work practice.
- To educate students in the values & knowledge of critical social work and social justice in collaboration with other disciplines.
- To graduate anti-racist BSW generalist practitioners who will become courageous social change agents in their community.
- The social work department recognizes the insidiousness of institutional racism and is committed to being a leader at the college toward becoming an anti-racism institution.