Social Work is the professional activity of helping individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities improve or recover their ability to function successfully in society. The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare students for entry-level generalist social work practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a changing global social environment. It also prepares students for the option of continued study at the graduate level. The Bachelor of Social Work Program provides an integrative foundation of social work knowledge, skills, and values and ethics, guiding and engaging students in critical analysis and exploring best practices, building on client strengths and resiliency in helping to improve client systems. The Program promotes advocacy for populations at-risk, social and economic justice, and respect for human diversity. Exploration of self-awareness among each student is part of the Program’s strategies, further promoting effective, professional social work practice. The Program’s professional curriculum incorporates the ten core competencies of the Council on Social Work Education Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. In a context of Christian higher education, the Program encourages students to commit to enter a profession of service to others that inspires hope, strengthens lives and promotes positive change.
The goals of the BSW Program are to prepare students:
- for entry-level generalist social work practice with diverse populations of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a changing global social environment;
- to advocate for human well-being recognizing the strengths and resiliency of client systems;
- to understand social problems, formulate, influence, and/or improve social policies and services in diverse political contexts;
- to utilize critical thinking in understanding and applying appropriate research methodologies, and best practices for implementing and evaluating program services;
- for professional, empathetic social work practice, guided by the CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation core competencies and the Social Work Code of Ethics;
- for graduate education.
The BSW Program incorporates the Educational Policy Accreditation Standards core competencies of social work practice adopted by the Council on Social Work Education. The ten competencies are:
EP 2.1.1-Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
EP 2.1.2-Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
EP 2.1.3-Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
EP 2.1.4-Engage diversity and difference in practice.
EP 2.1.5-Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
EP 2.1.6-Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
EP 2.1.7-Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
EP 2.1.8-Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well being and to deliver effective social work services.
EP 2.1.9-Respond to contexts that shape practice.
EP 2.1.10(a)-(d)-Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
The Social Work student is required to complete the following curriculum:
- Core Curriculum requirements including SOC 205 ; PSY 201 ; MAT 101 or higher; BIO 103 and one 4 hour laboratory science;
- Thirteen courses in Social Work , SWK 209 , SWK 225 , , , SWK 333 , SWK 334 , , SWK 426 , , , SWK 448 and SWK 450 ;
- Four interdisciplinary courses MAT 207 or PSY 301 , , PLS 201 or PLS 202 , and SOC 312 ,
- Thirty semester hours of electives selected in consultation with an advisor. Nine of the thirty elective hours must be taken in Social Work.
- Social work students transferring from another Council on Social Work Education accredited program are required to complete the following courses at Mississippi College: , , , , , and SWK 450 .
Introduction to Social Work can only be transferred from another institution if a Social Welfare Programs component is included in the course.
These courses provide knowledge and experience in social welfare policy and services, human behavior and the social environment, social work practice, and social work research. The social work sequence culminates in the completion of a practicum in a local social service agency. The field experience, constituting a minimum 450 clock hours, offers hands-on practice for social work students in a social work setting. The practicum is the capstone of the social work major.
There is an admission process into the Social Work program. Students may apply after successfully completing SWK 225 and (C or above). The program is open to all qualified applicants without discrimination. Because the Social Work program involves both cognitive and experiential growth through a practicum, the faculty will meet at least annually with each student to discuss their professional and personal progress in the program.
Minimum requirements for admission to the Social Work program:
- Completion of at least 75% of core curriculum.
- Cumulative GPA = 2.5 or higher.
- Successful completion of SWK 225 and (C or above).
- Completed application form.
- Three letters of reference.
- Admissions interview with Social Work Admissions committee.
The following course sequence is strongly recommended for a beginning freshman. Transfer students and individuals electing a major in Social Work after previously pursuing a different course of study at Mississippi College will be advised, upon review of their academic credentials, on an individual basis. Courses marked with a double asterisk (**) must be taken in the sequence indicated. A grade of C or better is required in all Social Work to continue in the program. Additionally, students are required to take the Social Work Licensure Exam during the final semester of the senior year.