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Mission Statement

Through teaching, research, and service, the mission of the West Virginia University School of Social Work is to educate students to become generalist social workers at the baccalaureate level and advanced integrated practice social workers at the graduate level.

The School of Social Work mission is grounded in the purpose of the social work profession which is to “promote human and community well-being” (Council on Social Work Education [CSWE], 2015 p. 5). We offer baccalaureate and graduate programs that are “guided by a person-in-environment framework, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry” (CSWE 2015, p. 5). Our programs promote “social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons, locally and globally” (CSWE 2015, p. 5).

The BSW and MSW programs are further grounded in the core social work values of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry (National Association of Social Workers, 2017). These values underpin curricula and frame our commitment to people and to the advancement of social and economic justice (CSWE, 2015).

Students are educated for holistic social work competence informed by knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes. Situated in West Virginia, a largely rural state located in the Appalachian Mountains, the School of Social Work is committed to preparing students for practice in small towns and rural areas.

Read our BSW Mission Statement. Read our MSW Mission Statement.