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Social Work Program: Mission, Values and Goals


The mission of the ASU social work program is to provide quality social work education based on the knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession, while preparing students to work with diverse populations with an emphasis on the emerging Hispanic population, the military population and older adults in both rural and urban settings characteristic of the region. The program will provide professional development opportunities for students who desire to promote the social, psychosocial or biopsychosocial functioning and well-being of individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities via generalist social work practice.


The social work program supports the core values of the social work profession, reflecting the six value elements of the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics and two additional value elements from the Council on Social Work Education. The elements include: 

  • Service
  • Social justice
  • The dignity and worth of the person
  • The importance of human relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence
  • Human rights
  • Scientific inquiry

These values provide the foundation for the mission and goals of the social work program and our social work curriculum.


The social work program provides a rigorous curriculum grounded in the liberal arts, using sound teaching practices to promote the knowledge, values and skills used in social work that can be applied across settings and diverse populations. It also promotes critical thinking skills, as well as ethical and competent social work practice consistent with the mission and objectives of the social work profession. To this end, the goals of the program include:

  • To prepare entry-level generalist social work practitioners to provide ethical and competent services utilizing the knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession
  • To equip students with critical thinking skills that are essential in the contemporary social service environment
  • To prepare students for continued graduate education in social work or related disciplines
  • To maintain a reciprocal relationship with social work practitioners, groups and organizations in the community