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Social Work Program


The social worker strives to address human problems. Social work is professional work with individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations or communities to enhance their social functioning, resolve problems and to create conditions conducive to those goals. Social workers also address institutional, governmental, and organizational policies, laws, and regulations in an effort to create services that are responsive to the needs of vulnerable people and populations.

The Social Work Program at Hood College is committed to the provision of quality generalist education, grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation and integrated with the knowledge, methods, values and ethics of the social work profession. The program strives to create a dynamic learning community that fosters the each student's strengths while underscoring the critical thinking related to diverse populations and practice methods. The program also promotes the development and advancement of professional knowledge, practice, research and services relevant for diverse populations while addressing social and economic justice and other challenges for the future. Through academic and professional experiences, the social work program prepares students to accept responsibility to address the needs of individuals throughout the life course.

The social work program prepares students for practice with diverse client groups across the life span. Because of the growing number of older adults who will need social services in the 21st century, Hood College social work students graduate with basic competencies needed to practice with older adults, regardless of the social work field of practice in which they plan to work.

The social work major is based on a foundation in the liberal arts. Both the classroom and the field components of the program are designed to prepare the student for entry-level generalist social work practice and graduate study in social work. The Council on Social Work Education's Educational Policy and Accreditation Statements (EPAS) are available here.

Learn more about:
Requirements for the social work major (B.A.)
Requirements for the pre-professional practice in social work minor
Requirements for the criminology and delinquency minor
Assessment of student learning outcomes
Social work courses offered
Student handbook
Field instruction manual