About the Program

Located in the College of Education and Human Services, the UIS Department of Social Work offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree that is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students are trained as generalists to provide direct service to clients in a wide variety of human service agencies.

UIS Department of Social Work Mission:

The UIS Social Work program prepares competent graduates for professional social work practice and provides the foundation for graduate social work education, lifelong learning, leadership, and public service.  A person-in-environment framework is used to teach and instill social work knowledge, skills, values, and cognitive/affective processes in order to promote social and economic justice, diversity, and improve the quality of life for all persons across social systems.

UIS Department of Social Work Goals:

  1. Prepare students for competent social work practice, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.
  2. Teach students a person-in-environment framework for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities across micro, mezzo, and macro system levels.
  3. Educate students on the fundamental role of social work values and ethics in professional practice and personal development.
  4. Promote student commitment to diversity, human rights, and social and economic justice in order to improve the quality of life for all.

UIS Department of Social Work Competencies (EPAS 2015):

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research informed practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  9. Evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.