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Social Work - Learning Outcomes

What will I be able to do as a graduate of the social work program at Alverno?

­Learning Outcomes of the Social Work Program

The learning outcomes reflect the learning students demonstrate prior to earning a bachelor in social work (BSW).  Following each program learning outcome is the Alverno College Abilities that are addressed. 

The program learning outcomes are:  

  • Graduates are able to apply their understanding of an effective, ethical, and culturally competent social work practice that emphasizes the strengths of people, families, groups, organizations, and communities to define, process, solve, and prevent social problems at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.  (Alverno Abilities: Communication, Analysis, Problem-Solving, Valuing in Decision Making, Social Interaction, Effective Citizenship)
  • Graduates are able to apply their gained knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive/affective processes of the social work field which emphasizes applied research and scholarship to positively impact generalist social work field practice and social welfare policy.  (Alverno Abilities: Communication, Analysis, Problem-Solving, Valuing in Decision Making, Social Interaction, Effective Citizenship)
  • Graduates are able to apply their comprehension of person-centered, theory-driven, evidence-based and culturally enriched knowledge that engages, assesses, intervenes, and evaluates for socially and economically vulnerable and oppressed people, groups, families, organizations, and communities in a respectful manner while fostering human diversity and social justice perspectives.  (Alverno Abilities: Communication, Analysis, Problem-Solving, Valuing in Decision Making, Social Interaction, Effective Citizenship) 

The program learning outcomes of this social work program are consistent with the purpose and values of the social work profession.  By having the program grounded in a liberal arts education and by having a holistic curriculum rooted in person-centered, social justice, and person-in-the environment philosophies, students are prepared to work all levels of generalist social work practice.  Through the curriculum, students learn, process, and demonstrate the social work nine competencies classroom learning and field education experiences.

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