Consistent with the missions of Skidmore College and the CSWE's Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, the Social Work Department’s mission is to prepare students for entry-level professional generalist practice. It envisions that its graduates will become leaders through the provision of social work services that promote human rights, and social and economic justice. It further holds the expectation that its graduates will contribute to the empowerment of people/groups that experience oppression and discrimination.
With the liberal arts as its foundation, BSW graduates are prepared for continuing their formal education in social work or other graduate disciplines. Students are further prepared to engage in entry-level social work practice. It is our goal that by completion of coursework, students will be prepared to:
- Engage in evidence-based entry-level social work practice with individuals, families groups, communities and organizations within a multicultural society.
- Practice according to the principles, values, and ethics that guide the social work profession.
- Influence social policies with the goal of alleviating poverty, oppression, and social injustice as well as advocating for human rights.
- Identify and affect the bio-psycho-social, spiritual, and cultural functioning of people.
- Evidence practice from a culturally-sensitive perspective which recognizes and appreciates diverse cultures, particularly those that differ from one’s own.