Bachelor of Social Work

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Vision and Mission of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith:


The vision of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is to “prepare students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place.” The University’s mission is that “UAFS will be a national model for preparing students for workforce mobility through education and professional development while serving as the thought leader in the region for workforce training.”


Social Work Program Mission


The mission of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS) Social Work Program aligns with the vision and mission of the University by preparing professional and ethical generalist social work practitioners who are critical thinkers and are grounded in the liberal arts, to succeed as professionals in an ever-changing global world. Our students are socialized to use the knowledge, values, skills, and evidence supported interventions that make up the social work profession to support equitable economic development and improve quality of life, in response to the practice contexts found in the region served by UAFS. In addition, the Program’s mission is focused on achieving the purpose of the social work profession, through the preparation of practitioners who focus on client system strengths and who have a deep respect for, and understanding of human diversity and who can effectively advocate for social and economic justice in pursuit of human rights and the elimination of poverty. Further, the mission of the Program includes preparation for lifelong professional development including preparation for graduate study. The UAFS Social Work Program goals reflect its mission/vision.

Program Goals

  1. To prepare generalist social work practitioners who are grounded in the liberal arts, who identify with the profession, who can demonstrate ethical and professional behavior, and who can communicate and apply their understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping the life experiences of client systems at micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
  2. To advocate for social, economic, and environmental justice, and human rights at all levels of practice.
  3. To engage in social welfare policy practice to improve the effectiveness of service delivery systems within the practice context.
  4. To engage and assess, with individuals, families, groups organizations, and communities to choose, together, evidence-based interventions based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges of client systems and to evaluate the outcomes of the intervention chosen.
  5. To apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multi-disciplinary theoretical frameworks in choosing evidence-based interventions to improve the lives of client systems at the micro, mezzo, and macro practice levels.
  6. To prepare graduates for life-long professional development, including graduate education.


Professional Competencies


In addition to the Social Work Program goals you will work to accomplish, your social work education experience will be focused on achieving the nine required competencies (below) required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for effective social work practice. You will have opportunities throughout your social work education to acquire knowledge, values, skills, and behaviors associated with each competency.


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


BSW Curriculum


The UAFS Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is designed in accordance with the Council on Social Work Education Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).  The curriculum you will follow to complete the BSW degree is provided on the next page.


Social Work Program Commitment to Diversity and Non-discrimination


The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Social Work Program is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity to all students. The Program adheres to the statement of the Council on Social Work Education (2015) about the multi-dimensional nature for diversity. In Curricular and field activates.


The dimensions of diversity are understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including but not limited to age, class, color, culture, disability and ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, marital status, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, and tribal sovereign status (CSWE, 2015).