The Bachelor of Social Work Program at UTPB was fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in June, 2007, and re-accredited with Full Accreditation in June, 2011 for the standard CSWE 8-year cycle. All graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the LBSW licensing examination given by the Texas State Board of Examiners for Social Workers, and therefore eligible to be licensed as baccalaureate social workers in the state of Texas.
The primary mission of the Social work program is to train generalist social work professionals capable of providing culturally competent services within diverse, multicultural communities. Through all its activities, the program seeks to foster the fulfillment of human potential, promote social and economic justice, and contribute to the development of a social culture that respects the dignity and worth of all members of society.
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is designed to provide training to prepare graduates for entry level generalist social work practice or for admission to a graduate program in social work. Such training includes helping students develop and strengthen their sense of social responsibility, appreciation for diversity, understanding of the realities of discrimination and oppression, and knowledge of core social work values, ethics, and skills. Specifically, the BSW program seeks to achieve the following goals:
- Prepare students for agency based generalist social work practice with individuals, families, and communities
- Develop/strengthen the ability to apply critical thinking skills in a professional context
- Understand the effects of diverse backgrounds and membership in a population-at-risk on individuals, families, and communities, and the mechanisms of oppression and discrimination
- Understand that the professional roles and responsibilities of social workers include efforts to promote social and economic justice and alleviate unjust social, political, and economic conditions
- Demonstrate the ability to carry out professional practice congruent with the NASW Code of
- Ethics, including the ability to practice without discrimination based on group membership The Bachelor in Social Work program prepares graduates to work in a variety of public and private service settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, mental health clinics, family service agencies, Texas regulatory agencies, schools, police and sheriff’s departments, and a wide variety of other state, community, non-profit and for-profit agencies.