Mission & Outcomes, Master of Social Work
Widener Social Work Program
See the most recent social work newsletter for highlights about the program.
The mission of Widener’s master of social work program is to prepare culturally competent social workers who:
- Are dedicated to the attainment of social and economic justice for the betterment of poor, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families, groups, and communities
- Demonstrate care and compassion for clients from diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds
- Hold an unwavering belief in client strengths, client empowerment, and the importance of the helping relationship
The department also strives to use self-reflection and critical thinking in creating purposeful interventions informed by theory and evidence through:
- Creating a supportive and nurturing academic environment that integrates dynamic classroom instruction and scientific inquiry with real-world learning
- Having diverse faculty members whose social work practice, research, and community service experiences inform their teaching and inspire our students
- Having students and faculty engage in community-based research and community partnerships that strengthen disadvantaged individuals, families, organizations, and communities while contributing to the knowledge base of the profession.
All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.
Student Policy Manual
The MSW Student Policy Manual is a valuable resource for students, providing a comprehensive overview of the general policies related to academic affairs processes, attendance, requirements for graduation, grading, academic integrity, academic programs, as well as curriculum ladders and field placement policies. It also provides vital forms in the appendices.