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School of Social Work
Baccalaureate of Social Work Program 
Thayer Hall
Phone: 404-880-8863

The Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) Program affirms the Institution and the School’s mission as approved by the Board of Trustees and stated in the Undergraduate Catalogue as follows:Dr-Suess-Day

The mission of the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work BSW Program is to prepare beginning entry-level social work generalist practitioners with a broad range of knowledge and skills to advocate on behalf of culturally diverse at risk populations in a global setting.

The School and the program utilizes an Afrocentric, autonomous social work practice model to prepare culturally competent practitioners capable of intervening and working with systems of all sizes and resolving problems that particularly affect African American children, families, and males within the context of family and community.  The curriculum is built on a liberal arts base and is guided by humanistic values.  Faculty ensures that graduates are prepared to recognize and impact social and economic injustice issues at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

The Program’s mission embraces not only the Institution and the School’s mission; it is consistent with the purpose of the social work profession to promote human and community well-being. The program is also guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work’s purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons.  Both the School and the BSW Program seek to increase the work force of generalist social workers engaging in accountability, empirically based practice, knowledge building and sharing of their own practice wisdom. 


The Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work Baccalaureate Program will prepare generalist social work practitioners with the appropriate practice and research skills, enabling effective responses to societal and economic issues faced by diverse populations.

The Baccalaureate Social Work Program has four goals, which reflect the stated mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work and Clark Atlanta University, and are consistent with the purposes, values and ethics of the social work profession.  The BSW program goals build on and integrate a liberal arts foundation.  The goals listed below reflect content from the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards core competencies for baccalaureate social work degree programs. 

BSW Program Goals

The Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Baccalaureate Social Work Program has four goals, which reflect the stated mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work BSW Program at Clark Atlanta University. The goals embrace each other and specific generalist knowledge and skills that students are expected to synthesize and apply in practice.  Thus, the goals of the BSW Program are designed to: 

Goal 1: Prepare students for beginning entry-level generalist practice with diverse groups without discrimination and with respect, knowledge of age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, sex, religious, sexual orientation and the relationships between human behavior and the social environment across the lifespan which incorporates the Afrocentric Perspective and the values and ethics of the social work profession.

Goal 2:  Prepare students as beginning entry-level social work generalists who link social research and social service practice by applying research findings to practice, and by evaluating their own practice.

Goal 3:  Prepare students for beginning entry-level generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.

Goal 4:  Prepare students for lifelong learning and critical thinking through an educational process that combines a liberal arts foundation with professional social work education and prepares them for graduate education in social work.

BSW Program Outcomes:

BSW 2013 Grads

Upon completion of the BSW Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2.  Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3.  Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4.  Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5.  Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6.  Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7.  Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8.  Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9.  Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10.  a-d: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups and communities.
  11.  Identify the concepts of the Afrocentric Perspective as a lens for generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  12.  Apply technological knowledge to enhance professional development and generalist practice skills.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Undergraduate Program in Social Work is a four-stage process consisting of:

  • Admission to the University;
  • Formal declaration of an interest in social work and completion of an Undergraduate Social Work application;
  • Successful completion of the first two professional Social Work courses with a grade of "C" or better (CUSW 200 - Introduction to Social Work and CUSW 202 Introduction to Professional Helping); and
  • Completion of an interview with one or more Social Work Program faculty for admission to the Program.

All transfer students must contact faculty in the Social Work Program prior to, or no later than, the registration period. The Undergraduate Program in Social Work does not give credit for life experience or previous work experience under any circumstances. All graduating students from Clark Atlanta University must take field instruction and field seminar.

Degree Requirements

The degree offered by the Undergraduate Program in Social Work is the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). The Program requires the following courses in addition to the University Core Requirements:

Baccalaureate Social Work Program Curriculum

(Graduation Requirements-123 Credit Hours)
First Semester (16/17 hours)

CENG 105

English Composition I (3)

CMAT 103 or 105

College Algebra or Pre-Calculus I (3)

CBIO 101 or 111

Biological Science or General Biology (3/4)
CPSC 105 Politics and Global Issues (3)
CSTA 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
CGED 100 First Year Seminar (1)

Second Semester (16/17 hours)

CENG 106 English Composition II (3)
CMAT 104 or 106 College Algebra or Pre-Calculus II (3)
CPHY 104/L or CBIO 112 Earth Science (3) or General Biology (3/4)
CPSY 211 General Psychology (3)
CCIS 100 Info. Tech. and Computer Applications (3)
CGED C101 First Year Seminar (1)


First Semester (15 hours)

_______ Foreign Language (3)
CHIS 201 U.S., Africa and World I (3)
CUSW 200  Introduction to Social Work (3) 
CSCJ 215 Introduction to Sociology (3)
CECO 250 Principles of Economics (3)

Second Semester (16 hours)

_______ Foreign Language (3)
CHIS 202 U.S., Africa and World II (3)
CENG 201 World Literature (3)
CUSW 202  Introduction to Professional Helping (3) 
C_______ Humanities Elective (3)
CPED 101 Physical Education (1)

First Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 301 Statistics and Methods of Social Research I (3)
CUSW 350 Issues of Health Disparities Among Minority Populations (3)
CUSW 360 Interpersonal Skills (3)
CUSW 411 Social Work and Social Philosophy (3)
CPHI 105 Critical Thinking/Religion (3)

Second Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 360 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3)
CUSW 302 Statistics and Methods of Social Research II (3)
CUSW 412 Mental Health with Diverse Groups (3)
CUSW 413 Child Welfare Program and Services (3)
C_______ Open Elective (3)

First Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 401 Human Behavior I (3)
CUSW 403   Practice Competency I (3)
CUSW 405/S Field Instruction/Seminar I (6)
CUSW 415  Issues of Child Welfare (Abuse, Neglect and Investigations) (3)

Second Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 402   Human Behavior II (3) 
CUSW 404   Practice Competency II (3) 
CUSW 406  Field Instruction/Seminar II (6) 
CUSW 416 Social Work w/Aged (3)

BSW Catalog

BSW Handbook

BSW Program Assesment