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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Social Work

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Department Chair and Program Director-S. M. Saleem

Professors-Drewry, Saleem

Associate Professors-Ellwanger-Schmidt, Ross


The Social Work Program of Capital University educates students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974, the Program provides traditional and non-traditional undergraduates the opportunity to obtain the bachelor of social work degree. The Social Work Program adheres to the principle that education for social work proceeds from a common core of values and knowledge incorporated into social work practice.

Mission Statement of the Social Work Program

The social work program at Capital University is committed to the provision of the excellent educational preparation of students for generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.  Consistent with the mission of Capital University, the social work program prepares students to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and inspires them to be morally reflective, spiritually alive, and civically engaged in an increasingly diverse society.  The social work program is grounded in liberal education and focused on celebrating learning through student-centered professional practice to uphold the advancement of human rights and empowerment to people beyond boarders.

Social Work Program Goals:

  1. Prepare students for generalist practice in rural and urban settings with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  2. Prepare students with a foundation for lifelong learning, including graduate education and an awareness of their responsibility to continue their professional growth and development.
  3. Prepare students with a broad liberal arts foundation that emphasizes development of critical thinking skills and a liberal arts perspective.
  4. Prepare students to practice within the values and ethics of the social work profession with an emphasis on service to vulnerable populations and the promotion of social and economic justice and empowerment worldwide.
  5. Prepare students to understand a scientific, analytic and ethical approach to building knowledge and incorporating technological advancement in their practice.

Social Work Learning Outcomes:

Competency 1:   Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Competency 2:   Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

Competency 3:   Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Competency 4:   Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

Competency 5:   Engage in Policy Practice

Competency 6:   Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 7:   Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 8:   Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 9:   Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities


The B.S.W. curriculum reflects a commitment to social welfare, human diversity and social work practice in both rural and urban environments. It is integrated with Capital’s liberal arts core education goals, and provides a professional foundation for practice in a variety of areas including health, mental health, education, children’s services, social welfare and aging.

A two-semester field practicum experience is required in the senior year for integration of theory and practice, as well as application of social work knowledge, skills and values. Application for agency placement is required in the junior year, by the last day of fall semester (a year before the internship will begin). The Social Work Program has strong ties to many social agencies that provide students with rich field placements in a variety of practice areas. Qualified social service agency staff serve as student field instructors. Social work students are encouraged to participate actively with faculty and administration in policy formulation, curriculum development, and review of placement agencies.

State licensure is required for professional social work practice. Graduates from the Social Work Program are prepared to take state licensing examinations, and are eligible to apply for a one year accelerated Master of Social Work degree.


Prospective students for the Social Work Program must be admitted to Capital University prior to submission of formal application to the Program. References are required before the admission interview. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission, and must be maintained for graduation. Consult Social Work advisor for guidance and degree planning.

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