B.S. in Social Work
The 129-credit Bachelor of Science in Social Work, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, will prepare you for a rewarding career as a generalist professional helping individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. As a social work major at LIU Post, you will start on a journey toward a career in an important "helping profession," where you will provide guidance, counseling, referrals and practical human services to people in need.
In the context of a liberal arts education, you will study in small classes with faculty members who are both scholars and leading practitioners in the social work field. Emphasis is on gaining the knowledge, values and skills needed to promote both individual well-being and a more just society. In addition to academic courses, you will have an opportunity to make a direct impact on client populations through field work in such diverse settings as schools, homeless shelters, child and family counseling centers, charitable organizations, senior citizen facilities, and social service agencies. A very active student club provides you with opportunities for numerous and exciting community service activities.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program at LIU Post is to prepare students, within a liberal arts perspective, to be competent professionals with the knowledge, skills and values for entry-level generalist practice.
With social work educators who are committed to shaping the profession’s future, generating new knowledge and exercising leadership in the professional community, the program is committed to:
- Student-faculty collaboration embedded in the University’s mission of access and excellence.
- An educational experience that is grounded in the social work profession’s history, purpose and philosophy and emphasizes the promotion of both human and social well-being.
- Access for a diversified body of students to generalist social work education involving work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to enhance clients’ well-being.
- Socializing students to commit to the profession’s values and become lifelong learners who lead and participate in practice to promote human rights and social and economic justice.
- Providing a liberal arts foundation including knowledge of biological, psychological, socio-cultural and global theories to enrich students’ understanding of the person and environment.
- Preparing students for practice with diverse populations, including those who are oppressed and discriminated against, in a variety of fields and settings, using a wide range of methods.
The program’s mission is highly consistent with Long Island University’s mission which emphasizes the institution’s commitment to access and excellence and its vision of empowering students to effect change toward a more peaceful and humane world.
The mission of the social work baccalaureate program is also highly consistent with the mission of LIU Post, with its emphasis on liberal arts, commitment to professional education and related experiential learning in the field as well as the development of critical thinking and understanding of the world from multiple perspectives.
LIU Post supports a climate of education in which the Bachelor of Science Program in Social Work is able to flourish. This commitment is also reiterated in the Mission Statement of the School of Health Professions and Nursing which includes the baccalaureate social work program. The school is composed of programs like our own which are dedicated to establishing professional competence in careers that address society’s social and health care needs and preparing individuals for entry and leadership in their fields. The school’s learning environment integrates academic and field instruction providing students with an outstanding educational foundation for professional practice, research and community service.
Thus, through classroom and field experience, our students are able to pursue their interest in careers in social work fields such as child and family services, aging, mental health, health/medical care and drug/alcohol abuse treatment. By employing state of the art technology and with access to the most current scientific knowledge, they are also prepared for graduate studies.
The LIU Post Social Work Program’s course of study is designed to prepare students to possess the competencies required in entry-level generalist social work practice (as defined by CSWE) and to continue their education at the graduate level. The program combines classroom and field instruction to prepare students who identify with the values and norms of the social work profession. Graduates of the program are able to understand and influence social policies and employ an evidence-based approach that includes evaluating their own practice as well as relying on research findings and practice wisdom to guide professional decisions.
Our specific program goals state that upon completion of the program, students will be ready to:
- Apply critical thinking and engage in evidence-based practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to promote human and social well-being
- Identify as professional social workers and practice according to the principles, values and ethics of the profession
- Engage in culturally sensitive practice that recognizes how diversity, as the intersectionality of multiple factors, affects human functioning
- Apply knowledge of biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual theories in assessment and intervention and respond proactively to changing contexts of practice
- Influence social policies to advance social well-being and remove impediments to social and economic justice
The Bachelor of Science in Social Work program’s competencies are:
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
- Respond to contexts that shape practice.
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.