Social Work Program Mission and Goals Social Work Program Mission: As members of the Christian community of Hardin-Simmons University, the mission of the Social Work Program is to: Prepare students for competent and effective professional social work practice as generalist practitioners by providing appropriate knowledge, values and skills to serve individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, Develop professionals who promote social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance of human relationships, human rights, and scientific inquiry, and who are characterized by integrity, competence and service. And, Produce leaders and advocates in policy development and service delivery for human rights and social and economic justice within a global context. Social Work Program Goals: To prepare students for effective, competent and ethical professional social work practice through immersion in the values and ethics of the social work profession including respect and acceptance of all individuals with regard to age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation. To provide students with a generalist’s knowledge of social work that is broad in scope including: scientific inquiry for research-informed practice and practice-informed research; theory; values and ethics; the history, purpose and philosophy of the profession; and specific understanding of practice settings, contexts, and clientele. To educate students to understand and embrace diversity in the world and to be committed to the promotion of human rights and social and economic justice through policy analysis, formulation and development, service delivery and through leadership in the development of a nurturing and supportive environment for all people, applying strategies of advocacy and social change, especially for those who are marginalized. To foster students development and utilization of relational, cognitive, political and professional skills appropriate to generalist practice, while being able to apply critical thinking within the context of professional social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. To create and support an environment that values, models and promotes lifelong learning, professional development, and active participation in the profession and community.