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School of Social Work


The College of Health Professions & Social Work


Michael R. Sitler, EdD, ATC, Interim Dean
553 Ritter Hall Annex
1301 W. Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Mission and Goals

BSW Program Objectives
Honors/Honor Society
Student Groups



Mission and Goals

The School of Social Work was established in 1969 to prepare individuals for professional practice and for positions of leadership in social work and in the broader human services arena. The distinctive mission of the school, rooted in humanistic and democratic values, is reflected in a broad and vigorous commitment to the elimination of human suffering and social injustice and to the promotion of human rights and social equality. Its educational programs are therefore centered on intervention strategies on behalf of those populations and persons who are underserved, victimized, or denied full access to social opportunities and resources. Poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination and disenfranchisement are priority concerns of the school, as are those social problems associated with life in the inner city.

The School of Social Work (SSW) is dedicated to societal transformations to eliminate social, political, and economic injustices for poor and oppressed populations, and advance the quality of life for all through:

  • Education emphasizing the discovery of knowledge and the use of critical inquiry and professional ethics to guide solution-seeking and action-taking to effect social change among professional social workers in front-line, supervisory, managerial, and leadership positions.
  • Research and scholarship to advance applied knowledge and generate evidence-based strategies to resolve problems occurring between people and their social environments at local, state, national, and global levels.
  • Public service to aid the dissemination of knowledge and evidence-based strategies, and the responsiveness of the school to the needs of constituents through collaborations and partnerships with communities, agencies, and organizations.

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B.S.W. Program Objectives

At the completion of the B.S.W. curriculum, students will demonstrate the ability to:

1. Apply strategies of social change and advocacy that help advance social, political, and economic justice.

2. Use critical inquiry and scientific research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, to evaluate and advance one's own social work practice and that of the profession.

3. Understand and work to eliminate the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination at all system levels.

4. Practice with knowledge, skills, and respect with regard to age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender, language, marital status, national origin, physical and/or mental disabilities, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

5. Understand and adhere to the values, ethical standards and principles of the social work profession.

6. Use knowledge of the social work profession’s history, concerns, and societal contributions to inform contemporary issues in practice.

7. Practice with the skills and knowledge base of a culturally competent generalist social work practitioner at all system levels.

8. Demonstrate professional use of self in their practice with effective communication skills, self-awareness, inclusion of supervision and consultation, and the creation of positive change within organizations and service delivery systems.

9. Understand, analyze, influence, and formulate social policies.

10. Critically apply theoretical frameworks, supported by empirical evidence, that offer insight into the development and behavior of individuals over the life span and the interactions among individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

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The Bachelor of Social Work and the Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. This attests to the educational quality of the curricula and to the qualifications of graduates to assume professional positions that legally require applicants to have these degrees.

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Honors/Honor Society


Dean’s List - Each fall and spring semester, those undergraduates who have met the credit hour and academic criteria for their school or college are placed on the Dean's List. See the Dean's List policy for specific GPA and credit-hour requirements.

Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society - Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above may apply for nomination to Alpha Delta Mu. Juniors and seniors are eligible for membership. Students should discuss this with their advisors.

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Student Groups

Students at Temple University's School of Social Work are part of a diverse community.   The school offers an opportunity to be in class with diverse students who have had different life experiences and who represent varied points of view. In addition to classroom learning, SSW offers a number of ways in which students can come together as a community. The main student organization at SSW is the SSW Student Collective.

The Student Collective is the organization of both undergraduate and graduate students matriculated in the SSW Program.  The Student Collective sponsors activities each academic year of a social, educational, and professional nature.  Student representatives, selected by the Collective, sit on various school committees as voting members.  The Collective was formed to represent a unified student voice that incorporates all the diversity of the student body.  For additional information, contact the Director of Admissions and Student Services or see the bulletin board in the lobby on the fifth floor of Ritter Hall Annex.

In addition to the Student Collective, students can choose to participate in the following social work organizations at SSW.  The activity level of many groups varies from year to year since their existence is dependent on students stepping forward and organizing meetings and events.

National Social Work Honor Society (Beta Rho Chapter, Alpha Delta Mu)

The purpose of this organization is to advance excellence in social work practice and to encourage, stimulate and maintain scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in social work.  For current activities, see the bulletin board in the lobby on the fifth floor of Ritter Hall Annex.

Alumni Association

For more information about SSW's alumni association, contact the General Alumni Association for names and numbers of current officers at 215-204-7524.

National Association of Social Workers-Philadelphia Division  (NASW)

NASW is a professional organization that works on behalf of its members and the consumers they serve.  Applications are available on the NASW bulletin board in the lobby on the fifth floor of Ritter Hall Annex.

If you are interested in contributing your time, energy and ideas to any of the following groups that have added, over the years, to the rich diversity of activities at SSW, please contact the Director of Admissions and Student Services. 

Latino Social Work Organization (LSWO)

LSWO was founded in 1992 by a group of young social workers in Chicago.  Temple students involved in LSWO have advocated for quality bilingual/bicultural services to Latinos and other oppressed communities.  

Student Association of Black Social Workers (SABSW)

SABSW is a non-profit organization created to serve African-American students and the community.  The SABSW works towards unifying black Social Work students in the School of Social Work.  The SABSW will also work with any student organization on campus or the immediate community to further the educational, political, academic, communal, and social plight of students at large. 

Pride in Social Work (PSW)

PSW provides support, education, and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered students and their supporters.  For additional information on Pride in Social Work at Temple University, contact Professor Bernie Newman at 215-204-1205. 

Underground Railroad – Temple Depot (URR)

The URR works together with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign focusing on direct actions, such as lobbying, advocacy, demonstrations, and support of grass-roots movements for social justice. 

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