Social work is a challenging profession with a substantial range of career options and opportunities in the greater Milwaukee area as well as in the region, state, and nation. Social workers help people move forward with their goals and life, including overcoming barriers, social inequality, and harmful oppression. Social workers help individuals, families, organizations, and communities secure resources that empower dignity, self-determination, and strengths. Because of the ongoing need for social justice action, it is essential that social work continuously adapts to support individual, families, organizations, and communities in overcoming inequalities, underrepresentation, and oppression.
Alverno College’s baccalaureate Social Work Department is seeking accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the accrediting body for social work education. As of February 2019, our social work program has been approved for candidacy status with plans to be fully accredited by May 2021. The three-year accreditation process will grant Alverno students the opportunity to earn a CSWE-approved Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree that will increase their knowledge, skills, and strengths while advancing their marketability for employment and success with graduate programs.
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:
The program learning outcomes of this Social Work Department 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. Throughout the curriculum, students learn, process, and demonstrate the social work nine competencies through classroom learning and field education experiences.
Dedicated to educational advancement and community engagement, we prepare generalist social workers committed to professional ethics and values, service, strengths, social justice, and human rights.
The mission is to provide an engaging and enriching learning environment that supports life-long learning as students demonstrate competency in their knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive/affective processes of generalist social work education. Graduates, who are client-centered, ethics-grounded, social justice-focused, strengths-based, human rights-centered, and future-driven, will advocate for the advancement of the quality of life for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Alverno College BSW program’s mission statement holistically addresses the Purpose of Social Work Practice, Education, and Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards as the fundamental concepts, outcomes, and philosophies of social work are embedded.
The purpose of generalist social work education is to promote students’ ability to engage in evidence-based practice with individual (micro), families and groups (mezzo), and organizations and communities (macro). Programs need to provide the education needed to teach the nine (9) core competencies while their students need to demonstrate their ability to practice the nine (9) core competencies. The nine (9) core competencies are:
Students cannot declare a Social Work major until they have completed the admission process. This process is a means of ensuring the student is aware of the field of Social Work, both educational and professional, as well as ensuring the students have the essential academic strengths to be successful in such a rigorous academic program.
Admission to Major
The Application Selection Committee conducts a regular and systematic review of all
candidates’ eligibility for admission. The Application Selection Committee is made
up of faculty who teach the social work required courses. To be admitted into the
Bachelor of Social Work program, students must apply and meet the established criteria,
which are provided below.
The admission process into the BSW major involves students completing the following steps:
Failure to complete any of these required steps may cause the students’ application or status as a social work major to be postponed until the next semester.