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 BSW Program guides and prepares students to engage in generalist practice social work in both local and global contexts focusing on strengths and skills, social justice values, critical thinking, and is evidence-based.
Mission of the Master’s of Social Work Program
The Master of Social Work is a strengths-based graduate education program that prepares students for advanced professional practice and leadership in both local and global practice contexts, with a commitment to evidence-based knowledge, critical thinking, and social justice values.
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:
- Actively participate in the community to promote social justice
- Actively participate as leaders in the profession and sustain commitment to the advancement of social work education