Consistent with the mission of the University and requirements of the Council on Social Work Education EPAS (2015), the mission of the Social Work department at SVSU is to promote social welfare and well- being for residents of Great Lakes Bay Region, the state of Michigan, and beyond through generalist education about evidence-based social work practice and advancement of knowledge about social problems. We seek to educate ethical, effective, and diversity-competent generalist social workers who are prepared to provide interprofessional services that promote human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice to the oppressed peoples and institutions that reside in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Graduates from our program will be prepared for leadership in direct and indirect practices that empower individuals, families, groups, and communities.
Graduates of the SVSU Master of Social Work program will be prepared as Advanced Generalist social workers. The MSW program aims to:
Promote the social welfare and well-being of residents of the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond, through experiential and immersion service, research, and program development.
Produce ethical consumers and producers of evidence-based practice knowledge regarding social problems in the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.
Educate social workers who are proficient in work in interprofessional settings, utilizing a multisystemic and diversity competent approach.
Utilize relevant knowledge about human behavior in the social environment to serve and shape policy and practice for the pursuit of a socially just society.
Contribute to the empowerment of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities through the active pursuit of economic and environmental justice, and resistance to mechanisms of oppression and discrimination at all levels of society.