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BSW Goals & Objectives

Bachelor of Social Work Program Mission

The mission of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health DSW Bachelor of Social Work Program is to provide students with the knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes of the social work profession, integrated with a liberal arts education. Utilizing a generalist framework, the BSW Program provides the basis for practice within the context of a multicultural environment. Special attention is given to Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian communities of our state and the Pacific Region, as they interact within a global context. Social and economic justice for underrepresented and oppressed groups is emphasized within the curriculum.

Bachelor of Social Work Program Goals

At the completion of classroom and field education, graduating BSW students:

  1. Are grounded in generalist practice and prepared for advanced social work education
  2. Recognize the intersectionality of diversities in ourselves and others as central to successful social work practice
  3. Are educated in the unique role our island home plays in the lives and well-being of its people – particularly for Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian populations
  4. Are prepared to serve individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and to function as leaders of social justice and social change utilizing the knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession
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