The Social Work major is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The mission of the Social Work Program is to provide students preparation for beginning-level entry into the profession of social work through an undergraduate generalist social work education that is educationally sound, academically challenging, ethically principled, and socially relevant, and which is solidly framed by the Triad experience of service, work, and education in the liberal arts.
The goals of the Social Work Program are the following:
The Warren Wilson College Social Work Program offers three areas of focus, which are reflected in the Program Objectives and are infused throughout the curriculum. The three areas are as follows:
Multigenerational Practice - As the population ages, multiple generations co-exist as never before. Social workers today need to be skilled and knowledgeable about multigenerational needs, issues, and opportunities. Whether they work with children, teens, the elderly, communities, or social policies, social workers are bound to work with multiple generations at once. This particular area of focus is supported by the CSWE Gero-Ed Curriculum Development Institute, of which the Warren Wilson College Social Work Program is a participant.
International/Global Perspective - As the world becomes more and more "globalized," it is essential for social workers to approach their work with a global perspective. As students prepare for their profession, the understanding of global interdependence will aid them in working with client systems, whether domestically or abroad. The Social Work Program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange, which supports this area of focus.
Environmental Sustainability - As the state of the physical and natural environments has become more urgent, social work can no longer afford to ignore the effects of environmental degradation on people and communities or the relationship between social and environmental justice. Social workers today must be skilled and knowledgeable about our physical and natural surroundings as much as our social environments.
The major can be useful for students wishing to pursue careers or graduate work in social work or for students interested in other service-related fields, such as public health, recreation, city planning, public administration, and/or policy development and analysis.
Grades: Students must pass courses at a grade of C or better to count toward fulfillment of the major. Students must also maintain an overall GPA of 2.5.
Total Credit Hours: The social work major consists of the following 58 credit hours: