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 UWEC Social Work Program Mission Statement

Through its curriculum and program activities and consistent with the historic mission of professional social work, the Department of Social Work has as its mission:


The mission of the baccalaureate social work program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is to prepare students to engage in ethical, competent, evidence-informed generalist practice. Graduates will be committed to diversity, social and economic justice, the promotion of community well-being, and the interdependence of local and global issues.

Program goals:

  • To prepare entry level generalist social workers grounded in liberal arts education and the person in the environment construct.

  • To prepare entry level generalist social workers for practice in a multicultural societywithin the context of professional values and ethics in public and private social service agencies, especially in those services which meet the needs of diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

  • To prepare students to integrate research-informed practice and practice-informed research and to think critically and apply ethical principles in practice.

  • To prepare students for and instill in them a commitment to lifelong learning and the recognition, support and advancement of the profession.

  • To prepare students for practice with diverse populations and for effective participation in community affairs in a global society through the promotion of social and economic justice.

The bachelor’s degree in social work (B.S.W.) is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates of the program are eligible for examination for certification or licensure at the baccalaureate level. Graduates receive advanced standing in Master of Social Work (MSW) programs.


EPAS 2008 Accreditation Standards

Core Competencies for Foundation Education

EP2.1.1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

EP2.1.2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

EP2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

EP2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.

EP2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

EP2.1.6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

EP2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

EP2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

EP2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.

EP2.1.10: Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.