Preparation for Social Work
The Social Work Program of La Salle University has its roots in the tradition and mission of the Christian Brothers. The Social Work Program supports the University’s mission to pursue the “free search for truth by teaching its students the basic skills, knowledge, and values that they will need for a life of human dignity.” The Program seeks to establish an atmosphere in which community members may openly bear witness to their convictions on world peace and social justice. Students integrate Lasallian values with the theory, skills, and values of the social work profession. Building upon the liberal arts foundation of the university, the program prepares students for generalist social work practice in the urban community.
Students develop the ability to think systematically, are grounded in social work theory, and utilize generalist practice skills in a variety of settings. The program fosters a spirit of inquiry into matters of human diversity and social justice with an expectation that the process will stimulate an active commitment to social change. The students undertake an exploration of the self as a means of understanding and incorporating the values of the profession. Students are encouraged to acknowledge their unique gifts and to challenge their limitations so they have conscious self-awareness in their practice as professional social workers.
Graduates earn a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.), which prepares them for practice in the social services and related fields. The undergraduate degree also prepares students for graduate study. Many Master in Social Work (M.S.W.) programs offer advanced standing to qualified B.S.W. graduates, which may reduce the time required to obtain the M.S.W. from two years to one year.