Grounded in social work’s purpose, values, and ethical principles, the Dalton State Bachelor of Social Work Program prepares generalist social workers to be transformative professionals committed to service, social justice, and community engagement. We prepare leaders who will advocate for individuals, families, and communities and practice from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and socially just perspective.

Program Goals:

The Dalton State BSW program goals are derived from our mission statement and our commitment to preparing social work professionals who will integrate knowledge, values, and skills to address the needs of our community. Our goals are part of a holistic social work curriculum designed to provide BSW students the opportunity to demonstrate the Council on Social Work Education professional competencies.

We prepare social workers to:

  1. Engage in culturally competent, generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
  2. Practice in accordance with the principles, values, and ethics of the social work profession.
  3. Intervene effectively with micro, mezzo, and macro systems and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
  4. Utilize evidence-based, culturally sensitive, empirical research to inform practice.
  5. Understand and analyze current social policies, their impact on client systems, and how to challenge social injustice while advocating for human rights.
  6. Enter the profession having successfully demonstrated the nine professional competencies as identified by the Council on Social Work Education.