According to the University of Arkansas' School of Social Work "The purpose of the profession of social work is the enhancement of human well-being and the alleviation of poverty and oppression. The profession is dedicated to assisting individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to reach their full potential. Social work is particularly concerned with achieving social and economic justice for vulnerable populations and with respecting and valuing human diversity. The School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas reflects the profession's fundamental concerns in its educational goals and objectives. The School of Social Work offers a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work as well as a Master of Social Work.
The undergraduate program has two primary education goals:
- Preparation for culturally competent, empirically based, multi-system, beginning level professional generalist practice across the life course;
- The preparation of students for continuing their professional growth and development after graduation."
The mission of the University of Arkansas MSW program is to use the body of knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession to:
- develop new social work knowledge through the conduct of research in the spirit of scientific inquiry and the use of new technologies, especially in the area of poverty reduction
- educate competent and effective advanced leader/practitioners committed to fundamental social work values including service, social justice, integrity, the dignity and worth of every person, competence and human rights
- apply research findings in outreach efforts through service and leadership in the development of social service delivery systems to improve the quality of life of poor and other vulnerable persons, families, groups, organizations and communities in Arkansas, nationally, and globally.
|Applying Non-intrusive Methods||Observing Human Interactions|
|Conducting Field Studies||Reaching Conclusions through Comparative Study|
|Developing Project Designs||Recognizing Cultural Differences/Similarities|
|Evaluating||Recruiting/Coordinating Research Subjects|
|Examining Data||Surveying & Sampling|
|Gathering & Organizing data||Understanding Group Dynamics|
|Identifying Value Systems||Utilizing Statistical Applications|
|Interviewing||Writing Grant Proposals|
|Maintaining Records||Written & Oral Communication|
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