Social Work Program
Message from the Faculty
Welcome to Social Work!
Congratulations on your choice to prepare for membership in a profession that is rich in traditions, progressive in thought, and most important, client focused. The SWOSU Social Work Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The list of those who provided the foundation for the profession reads like a list of "who's who" - including Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and Harry Hopkins, architect of the New Deal and President Franklin Roosevelt's closest advisor. Currently social work professionals are active on the international, national, state, and community levels, in diverse arenas, including: serving as members of Congress and state legislatures; administering social policy and social service organizations; working for the United Nations; helping communities rebound from disasters; providing services in medical and mental health settings; assisting individuals confront and resolve personal difficulties; providing child and adult protective services; assisting the elderly maintain independence; providing prevention services to at-risk communities, families, and individuals - the list goes on.
The Social Work Program at SWOSU is designed to facilitate your movement toward being a competent, effective, and ethical generalist social work practitioner. You will find your coursework to be challenging. The faculty strives to support a fertile educational environment for student personal growth and professional development
One of the most recognized skills of a professional social worker is the ability to critically think. During your time at SWOSU, challenge yourself; don't readily accept the givens. Push yourself and take advantage of the luxury of undergraduate education. Use the faculty expertise and take risks exploring new ideas and developing professional skills throughout your BSW program. You will be encouraged to pursue your own interests and goals as well as those of the program in order to become an active and independent learner. Make the most of your educational experience.
Again, welcome to the SWOSU Social Work Program.
Debbi McFarlin, MSW, LCSW
Social Work Director
Sarah Schulz, MSW