Introduction to the Social Work Program at Shaw University
The mission of Shaw University’s baccalaureate Social Work Program is to prepare and graduate competent and principled social work majors at the generalist practice, entry level of the profession for service, advocacy, and leadership, and to prepare students for successful graduate education.
The Shaw University Social Work Program believes that all persons have the potential to individually change and improve their lives and to collectively contribute to societal improvements across a continuum, from local to global communities. To this end, the Shaw University Social Work Program expects its students to exercise skills across a range of professional social work roles to bring about planned change.
The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
What is Social Work?
Social Work is a profession dedicated to enhancing human capacity to solve complex social problems in order to create a more humane and just society. One of the cornerstones of social work practice is the focus on the strengths, as opposed to the shortcomings, of individuals, families and communities so that these can be deployed to find creative solutions for complex social problems. The profession is characterized by a steadfast commitment to social justice in the service of empowering individuals, families and communities to meet their needs.