According to the International Federation of Social Workers “The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilizing theories of human behavior and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.”
Social Work is not only a major, but a way of life. The Social Work program at West Liberty is based on the concept of “Generalist Practice” of Social Work. Generalist Practice is the professional activity of helping individuals, families, couples, groups, communities and/or organizations improve,strengthen, and enhance functioning; to empower people and the environments and systems with which they interact.
What Careers Exist in Social Work?
Individuals who major in Social Work obtain employment in:
• child welfare
• community organization
• criminal justice/corrections
• developmental disabilities
• health care
• mental health
• higher education
• school social work
You can find out more about who social workers are here.
The program is accredited through the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), and its courses meet the mandated curriculum for a BSW program. Specialized elective topics are also offered on a regular basis. Please see the CURRICULUM menu for a full list of course offerings. West Liberty University also offers a minor in Social Work.