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Department of Social Work Learning Outcomes

The purpose of Social Work education at Lourdes University is to prepare competent and effective professionals who will work to enhance the social functioning and interaction of individuals, families, and groups.

The Social Work Program at Lourdes University provides students with a generalist practice curriculum based on professional standards and in collaboration with a liberal arts education. In doing so, the program provides curriculum that builds on the liberal arts perspective that promotes breadth of knowledge, critical thinking, and communication skills.

  • The program advances the knowledge, values and skills that are essential to the practice of any social worker.
  • Students receive a well-integrated body of knowledge that includes training in bio-psycho-social and spiritual assessment.
  • Students learn to apply knowledge and skills of a generalist social work practice with diverse and at-risk populations.
  • The program prepares students to use theoretical frameworks and research strategies to evaluate the process and effectiveness of social work practice.

A significant focus of the program is the enhancement of human well-being in order to alleviate poverty, oppression and other forms of social injustice. Students prepare to practice without discrimination, and to apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.