Meet the Department of Social Work.
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. Additionally, the BSW was ranked #17 in the nation for value and graduate salary by Social Work Degree Guide in 2018. The MSW Program is accredited through 2025 by the Council on Social Work Education. Courses are taught by licensed professionals with years of experience in social work. The department embraces an experience-driven education through field work as a vital element of both the BSW and MSW programs.
Mission & Vision
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.
Mission of the Bachelor’s of Social Work Program
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is dedicated to
educating and preparing students to demonstrate ethically guided, evidence informed, generalist
practice social work knowledge, with a focus on the recognition of oppression and application of
critical thinking, social justice values, and wellness in the environment on both a local and global
Mission of the Master’s of Social Work Program
The Master of Social Work Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is dedicated
to educating students for effective, culturally competent, ethically-guided, and innovative
service to diverse communities, families, and individuals, and to produce high quality
research that informs the profession and society how best to promote social justice and
wellness in the environment and the most vulnerable within it.
The Bachelor’s of Social Work and Master’s of Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.
As leader and educators in our field, we strive to do the following:
- To actively engage with community partners to maintain and strengthen
the excellence of our longstanding BSW program and well established MSW
- To prepare global-minded baccalaureate and advanced level social work
practitioners to work with individuals, families, and in communities.
- To work and serve as teaching leaders in the profession, sustaining a
commitment to the advancement of social work education, science-
based research, and the profession at large.
- To vanguard the values and principles of the social work profession, especially its
commitment to social justice, natural and social environments with a
commitment to advance wellness and sustainability for future generations.