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Bachelor of Social Work

Angelo State University’s Bachelor of Social Work program is designed to prepare students to be generalist social work practitioners in a variety of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Child, adolescent and family services
  • Health/mental health services
  • Criminal justice/corrections facilities
  • Gerontology/aging facilities
  • Social service organizations

The program emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between people and the environment. Our faculty members have social work expertise across all levels (micro, mezzo and macro) of practice and specialize in the areas listed above.

About Social Work

Social workers seek to promote social and economic justice and to improve the functioning of the varied populations they serve. Social work practitioners support individual self-determination and respect the dignity and worth of all people, regardless of their age, disability, color, race, ethnicity, family structure, gender, sexual orientation, culture, national origin, religious preference, socioeconomic status, etc.

Social work practitioners advocate for those who have experienced various social problems that cut across cultural groups. Examples include:

  • Poverty
  • Crime and victimization
  • Oppression
  • Discrimination
  • Mental illness
  • Substance abuse
  • Chronic physical illness
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Neglect

Given the breadth of their profession, social workers also work with those who may not have experienced such social problems. Regardless of the population served, social workers recognize their legal and ethical responsibilities to clients and provide competent social work services.