In the Department of Social Work's nationally accredited programs, students gain professional education and training that includes extensive internship and fieldwork experience. The undergraduate major prepares students for entry level professional positions working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The master's program prepares students to assume leadership positions in providing services to deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the United States and internationally.

Faculty continue to develop professional opportunities for the department's students, such as a new online journal for practitioners, students and faculty to publish articles relating to serving deaf and hard of hearing populations.

One hundred percent of recent department alumni are employed or pursuing advanced studies within one year of graduation. Read more about our alumni outcomes.

Department Mission and Learning Outcomes

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Social Work is to promote a learning climate that teaches the knowledge, values and skills of generalist social work practice consistent with the educational program standards of the Council on Social Work Education.

The department incorporates an empowerment model of social work practice that emphasizes strengths, embraces diversity of people, cultures and ideas, and provides quality social work education to deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students in a bilingual environment where American Sign Language and English are equally valued. The graduate and undergraduate curriculum promotes social and economic justice and the well being of individuals, families, groups, communities and nations.