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.