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About Social Work

As one of the helping professions, Social Work strives to serve populations that are vulnerable, in need of basic services and resources, or attempting to make a change in their lives. Positions in human service settings address a wide range of issues, such as child welfare, chemical dependency, physical and mental health, aging, and corrections. Social workers are, also, concerned with the community or setting where people spend their daily lives.  As well as helping on a personal level, a career in social work can include working for social change to benefit the larger community.

The Department of Social Work at UW-Oshkosh offers programs for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and  Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. The BSW has been fully accredited since 1975. The MSW Program is accredited through 2018 by the Council on Social Work Education.

Social Work Vision, Mission and Goals


The vision of this Department reflects a central belief that its curriculum be guided by the principle of doing what is right and just — teaching students to willingly accept the professional responsibility to act as the "heart and conscience" of the profession in their respective communities or as part of the profession-at-large, to advocate on  behalf of those who suffer discrimination, devaluing and oppression. The Department's mission and goals stem from its vision.

View the BSW Student Outcomes (PDF)

Mission of the Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work offers a strengths based educational program that guides and prepares Social Work students to be caring professionals with a commitment to knowledge, critical thinking, social justice values and generalist practice skills.


  • Prepare graduates for entry-level employment in generalist social work practice positions
  • Prepare students for entry into graduate school and stimulate engagement in regional professional development activities
  • Encourage active community partnership in the promotion of social justice
  • Encourage active leadership in the profession and sustained commitment to the advancement of social work education
by Clark, Leslie A. last modified Nov 16, 2015 09:16 AM