The University of Alabama School of Social Work seeks to solve bio-psychosocial problems, improve individual and social conditions, and promote justice and human dignity through teaching, research, and service.
Teaching: The School awards the Bachelor of Social Work degree, which prepares graduates for generalist social work practice; the Master of Social Work degree, which prepares graduates for advanced social work practice; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree, which prepares graduates for careers in research. The School works to increase the number of competent social workers in the state and in the region.
Research: The School develops research-based knowledge of social problems and their solutions.
Service: The School provides resources and leadership by partnering with individuals, families, groups, community agencies, and organizations at all levels. In addition, the School improves the delivery of social services, with an emphasis on public social services contexts and underserved and disenfranchised populations.
Social Work Goals
The BSW program prepares students for evidence-informed generalist social work practice and graduate study in social work and related fields.
The MSW program prepares students for evidence-informed advanced social work practice and leadership roles.
The PhD program prepares students for research careers in social work by advancing their knowledge and increasing their skills in theory-building, research methods, and the critical evaluation of social work policies and practice.