The Baccalaureate Social Work Program develops students capable of delivering social work services at the first professional level of practice using a generalist approach. The program emphasizes social justice and responsibility and respect for human rights, dignity, and diversity.
The focus at the BSW level is on the preparation of all students for a generalist approach to the first level of professional practice. Beginning level practitioners with a generalist perspective and knowledge of social systems recognize that the target for change may not only be the individual but one or more of the social systems that comprise the individual’s environment.
The goals of the BSW Program are:
- To prepare students for employment as a beginning professional social work practitioner utilizing a generalist approach.
- To prepare students to work differently with diverse populations with a special commitment to the affirmation of the unique diversity of African Americans.
- To teach students to competently develop and deliver direct services that strengthen and/or empower individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
The undergraduate social work program includes two phases: Pre-Social Work Education and Professional Social Work Education. The professional social work phase begins in the junior year and combines academic course work and a field practicum. It is the latter phase that will be offered in partnership with New College Institute.
Prospective students will apply to Norfolk State University as transfer students. Applications will be evaluated by the Norfolk State admissions office on an individual basis.
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