Gloria J. Davis, Associate Professor/Chair
Portia S. Jones
Social Work is a professional program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The purpose of the program is to prepare students majoring in social work for entry-level generalist social work practice with varying sized systems.
The Mission of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is to prepare competent baccalaureate level social work students for generalist practice, service, and research opportunities that effectively address the plight of oppressed, social, economic and culturally diverse populations.
- To provide social work students with the theoretical constructs, knowledge and applicable skills required for competent generalist social work practice.
- To prepare social work students to advocate and be sensitive to the needs of vulnerable and disenfranchised populations in both rural and urban regions.
- To promote social and economic justice and empowerment necessary to alleviate poverty, oppression and discrimination.
- To prepare competent entry-level professional social workers with a commitment to social work values and service.
- Demonstrate ethical and practical behavior.
- Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
- Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
- Engage in policy practice.
- Engage with individual, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Declaration of social work as a major does not guarantee admission to the Social Work Program. All social work majors must formally apply to the program at the end of their sophomore year. Application materials must be completed and submitted to the Social Work Department by March 15 for the fall semester of the year he/she plans to seek admission. The applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Complete all freshman and sophomore course requirements in the B.S.W. curriculum. Failure to take all prerequisite courses may result in denial of admission and/or progression;
- Document a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher. When the cumulative semester grade point falls below 2.00, the student is placed on probation. In order to remain in the program, the student must raise his cumulative grade point average to at least 2.00 by the end of the next semester of enrollment;
- Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in all social work courses and required liberal arts courses: SWRK 2305 , SWRK 2307 , SWRK 3308 , SWRK 3310 , SWRK 3322 , SWRK 3323 , SWRK 3350 , SWRK 3351 , SWRK 4310 , SWRK 4311 , SWRK 4365 , PSYC 2300 , PSYC 3303 , MDFL 2311 , MATH 1330 , ENGL 1311 , ENGL 1321 , and MCOM 2390 ;
- Provide transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; and 5. Submit two letters of recommendation. Completed applications are reviewed by the Social Work faculty.
Accepted applicants are notified and are eligible for enrollment in specified third and fourth year professional social work courses. Applicants who are not accepted are advised to pursue opportunities in other curriculum areas.
Termination for Reasons of Academic and Professional Performance
Social work students may be terminated from the Social Work Program for academic and professional performance. Professional ethics and standards must be upheld. Refer to the Social Work Program Student Handbook, Field Instruction Manual, and The Roar.
Readmission to Social Work Department Procedures:
- Submit a letter of application for readmission.
- Complete application form obtained from Social work office in the Social Work Department.
- Request the Registrar’s Office to provide a current and complete transcript to the program.
The student is responsible for submitting all forms and transcripts to the Program Chair by March 15. An evaluation and decision will be made by the Social Work Program Admissions Committee.