Academic Catalog

Social Work

Program Description 

Social Work is one of four programs housed in the Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department. The others are the Psychology, Legal Studies (including Criminal Justice), and First Nations Studies Programs.

The undergraduate major in Social Work offers a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree, with an ethnic-sensitive, ecological, generalist focus. Coursework educates and prepares entry-level generalist social workers for effective direct practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, institutions and communities. Specific areas of focus for the program are the well-being of regional American Indian people and communities, as well as that of elderly persons, persons with mental health and traumatic related issues, and persons with developmental and other disabilities.

Mission Statement

The undergraduate Social Work program at UW-Superior is structured as a competency based program. The program implements this structure through its mission, program goals and student learning outcomes.  Outcomes are assessed based on Council on Social Work Education practice behaviors.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior Social Work Program mission is to prepare generalist social workers who are self-aware and ethical in practice with diverse populations, and focus on empowerment, social justice, cultural relevance, and rejection of oppressive systems.

Social Work Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience shall not be given, in whole or in part, in lieu of any course required for the Social Work major.

Council on Social Work Education's Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS)

Upon graduation, students will have demonstrated that they are able to:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professor behavior.
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organization and communities.
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.