Social Work Department
Mission of the Social Work Major
The mission of the Nyack College Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Nyack College is to prepare students in a Christian context to be generalist social work professionals who provide service with competence, compassion, and the highest ethical integrity.
Equipping students with the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession, the Nyack BSW program aims to raise social workers who can enhance the well-being of all people and communities, and promote a just and caring environment in a complex and interrelated global society.
- To prepare students to be generalist social work professionals who are guided by a person-in-environment framework, respect for human diversity, scientific inquiry, and a global perspective.
- To provide a transformational learning environment that facilitates a love for learning and prepares students for graduate education, especially in social work.
- To provide a learning environment that models an integration of Christian faith with learning, and prepares students to serve with compassion and the highest ethical integrity.
Graduates of Nyack College’s Social Work Major will:
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 & 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. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups,
organizations, and communities.
11. Integrate their personal Christian faith with professional social work practice.
Please see the full description of Competencies and Practice Behaviors (PDF).