BSW Mission & Goals


At the Kutztown University BSW program, we aspire to graduate professionals who empower individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and institutions to collaborate for planned change to promote human and community well-being in this rural, urban, and suburban region. Guided by a person-in-environment framework, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, our program focuses on creating equitable conditions—social, racial, economic, and environmental—in which differences within and between groups are respected and celebrated. Our program prepares generalist professionals and potential graduate students who are committed to the profession’s core values—service, social justice, integrity, competence, the importance of human relationships, the dignity and worth of all persons, human rights, and scientific inquiry. Our graduates embrace their professional identities as social workers, demonstrating a profound commitment to delivering services rooted in anti-oppressive and anti-racist principles in their quest to enhance life for all people, locally and globally 

BSW Program Goals

Goal 1 - Integrate Theory into Practice: To help graduates use critical thinking and integrate liberal arts and professional knowledge, values, and skills into the development of a generalist perspective for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.

Goal 2 - Celebrate Diversity: To help graduates recognize the intersectionality of human diversity, acquire knowledge related to diverse populations for professional practice, and acquire skills for change - including reflection and self-regulation - to achieve the goals of clients and constituencies.

Goal 3 - Conduct Policy Practice: To prepare graduates to understand social policy and its impact on the delivery of and access to social services and to participate in efforts to assure that policy advances social, economic, and environmental justice.

Goal 4 - Assume Professional Identity: To motivate graduates to assume responsibility for continuing professional growth and evidence-informed, life-long learning to inform practice, policy, and service delivery.

Quotation Mark

The department does have professional standards and expectations of students. The environment is set up to support students.

Donna Ayers, BSW 2021
Donna Ayers