THE NMSU SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK WELCOMES YOU
The School of Social Work’s CSWE accredited MSW and BSW educational programs are designed to prepare students for ethical and evidence-informed professional social work practice.
The social work profession’s purpose is to promote human and community well-being. The profession is guided by the person-in-environment framework which enables the social work profession to foster a global perspective, respect for human diversity and knowledge based on scientific inquiry.
Guided by the principles of the strengths perspective, empowerment, cultural competence, and social and economic justice, the School of Social Work prepares students for ethical, evidence-informed social work practice. We are committed to serving people through teaching, outreach, leadership, research, service, and the development of knowledge, skills, and values that promote our professional ability to respond to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in the culturally diverse environment of the southwestern U.S. and beyond.
The following four goals come directly from our mission:
- Professional Social Work Education: Prepare graduates for ethical and evidence informed, advanced generalist practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities in the culturally diverse environment of the Southwest.
- Research: Develop and apply research knowledge and skills to inform practice that benefits individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in a culturally diverse environment.
- Outreach: Promote social and economic justice and empowerment from a strength’s based perspective that is both culturally sensitive and affirming.
- Leadership and Service: Promote service and leadership through participation in classroom, university, organizational, community, and professional settings.
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program provides academic and field work education designed to prepare undergraduate students for entry level generalist social work practice. The program focuses on generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Generalist social work practice is unified by a common core of social work professional values, knowledge and practice methods. This core is based on liberal arts education, humanistic philosophy and draws heavily from the social sciences.
The MSW program has an advanced generalist program focus. This collaborative practice approach promotes skills and knowledge for focused interventions with individuals, groups, families, neighborhoods, communities, organizations and public policies.
The NMSU program is founded on the use of critical thinking skills and differential application of advanced social work knowledge, theories, skills, values and ethics in the assessment of and intervention with micro, mezzo, and macro level systems. The Advanced Generalist Concentration prepares social work practitioners to exercise professional autonomy, leadership, and creativity necessary for multidimensional contextual and ethical practice in rapidly changing social environments with populations of the southwest.