Bachelor of Social Work

For some, "making the world a better place" is not an idealistic slogan, but a goal and a passion. If you are such a person and want to learn methods of solving problems effectively with people, you should consider a degree in social work. Some ways to help others are direct, one-to-one counseling with individual clients and families; and others are indirect, such as developing organizations and communities. Social work is a broad profession that tries to understand how individuals, groups, and communities are affected by social problems such as poverty, mental and physical illness, family difficulties, and social injustice. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings such as hospitals, schools, the legislature, and social welfare agencies that address the needs of children, adults, and elders. Wherever they find themselves, social workers use their skills to empower others to help themselves and change unresponsive social systems. The BSW program helps students to develop the necessary knowledge, values and skills to help "make the world a better place." 

HPU's School of Social Work is committed to meeting the needs of both traditional and working adult students with its evening and weekend class scheduling. HPU offers students convenient class locations and unparalleled opportunities to experience diversity inside and outside the classroom. O'ahu offers a variety of populations, problems, and settings for the supervised social work practice ("practicum") that is an important part of the BSW program. HPU is also a natural resource for international students interested in translating American social work methods into culturally appropriate practice in their home countries. The BSW program at HPU is designed to create social entrepreneurs who are committed to solving problems in sustainable ways. In addition, students who have done well in their BSW work may be admitted into the Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing program, with up to one year of credit towards their master's degree. So, HPU students can graduate with both a BSW and MSW degree in five years (HPU's Advanced Standing program allows a student to complete a MSW in one year instead of two years). 

BSW GOALS/CORE COMPETENCIES AND PRACTICE BEHAVIORS

COMPETENCY 1: STUDENT DEMONSTRATES ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR. 

  • PB 1.1: Student makes ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context. 
  • PB 1.2: Student uses reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations. 
  • PB 1.3: Student demonstrates professional demeanor in behavior; appearance; and oral, written, and electronic communication. 
  • PB 1.4: Student uses technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes.
  • PB 1.5: Student uses supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior. 

COMPETENCY 2: STUDENT ENGAGES DIVERSITY AND DIFFERENCE IN PRACTICE. 

  • PB 2.1: Student applies and communicates understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. 
  • PB 2.2: Student presents themselves as learners and engages clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences. 
  • PB 2.3: Student applies self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.

COMPETENCY 3: STUDENT ADVANCES HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. 

  • PB 3.1: Student applies their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels. 
  • PB 3.2: Student engages in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice. 

COMPETENCY 4: STUDENT ENGAGES IN PRACTICE-INFORMED RESEARCH AND RESEARCH-INFORMED PRACTICE. 

  • PB 4.1: Student uses practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research. 
  • PB 4.2: Student applies critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research findings. 
  • PB 4.3: Student uses and translates research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery. 

COMPETENCY 5: STUDENT ENGAGES IN POLICY PRACTICE. 

  • PB 5.1: Student identifies social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services. 
  • PB 5.2: Student assesses how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services. 
  • PB 5.3: Student applies critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. 

COMPETENCY 6: STUDENT ENGAGES WITH INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND COMMUNITIES. 

  • PB 6.1: Student applies knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies. 
  • PB 6.2: Student uses empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to engage effectively with diverse clients and constituencies. 

COMPETENCY 7: STUDENT ASSESSES INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND COMMUNITIES. 

  • PB 7.1: Student collects and organizes data, and applies critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies. 
  • PB 7.2: Student applies knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies. 
  • PB 7.3: Student develops mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies. 
  • PB 7.4: Student selects appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies. 

COMPETENCY 8: STUDENT INTERVENES WITH INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND COMMUNITIES. 

  • PB 8.1: Student critically chooses and implements interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies. 
  • PB 8.2: Student applies knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies.
  • PB 8.3: Student uses inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes.
  • PB 8.4: Student negotiates, mediates, and advocates with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies. 
  • PB 8.5: Student facilitates effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals.  

COMPETENCY 9: STUDENT EVALUATES PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND COMMUNITIES. 

  • PB 9.1: Student selects and uses appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes. 
  • PB 9.2: Student applies knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes. 
  • PB 9.3: Student critically analyzes, monitors, and evaluates intervention and program processes and outcomes.
  • PB 9.4: Student applies evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. 

APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR FALL 2017 (*All students must apply to HPU Admissions and The School of Social Work separately)

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications may be obtained online starting January 1st for each fall term. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by April 1st for early consideration. Any applications received after April 1st will be reviewed on a space available basis. 

Requirements

  • You must be admitted to Hawai'i Pacific University to apply to the School of Social Work
  • You must be "junior" status (60 credits) by the term you will be admitted
  • You must have received a "C" or higher in the prerequisites (Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Social Work courses, and a Writing course)
  • You must complete and submit your application by due date posted
  • You must have an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher

Not meeting one of the prerequisite or GPA requirements does not automatically bar admission. A student may be considered for probationary admission in the case of a lower than acceptable GPA or conditional admission in the case of a lack of a prerequisite. If you have special circumstances, speak with the BSW Program Director Sarah Maynard to see if you are able to apply.

When should I start to think about admissions? 

As soon as you think social work may be your major, contact our BSW Advisor or a member of the BSW faculty and they can answer many of your questions. 

 

WHEN DO I APPLY FOR ADMISSION? 

The BSW Program is a professional program and we accept students into the program ONCE A YEAR. We do not have "rolling admissions" or "open admission." You need to start planning in your sophomore year. The place to begin is by taking the Introduction to Social Work course (SWRK 2010) entitled Social Entrepreneurship, Social Sustainability, and Social Work before you apply so you can make sure this career choice is teh best match with your interests, experience, and skills. The program is a 2 year sequenced program scheduled to begin the fall following when you complete your Introduction to Social Work course. You can download the application starting January 1 of each year. 

 

WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION ENTAIL? 

  • Completed application 
  • A copy of your HPU Degree Plan or if you are not a current HPU student, unoffical transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Short essay about why you want to be in the field of social work (see application information for specific details)

 

MORE INFORMATION? 

  • Contact Dr. Sarah Maynard, BSW Program Director
  • Email: smaynard@hpu.edu
  • Phone: (808) 236-5845
  • Office AC 107 (Loa campus)

BSW students interested in pursuing their MSW at Hawaii Pacific University have the opportunity to complete their BSW and MSW in five years. The 4+1 Accelerated Degree Program offers significant benefits in obtaining a graduate degree on an accelerated track. Regardless of your career path, a graduate degree can open many doors and enhance professional options.

Benefits

  • Earn an MSW degree in half the time
  • Save up to a year of tuition (and a year of your life)
  • Maintain continuity with faculty
  • Gain a competitive edge in the marketplace and increase your earning potential

*Students designate whether they are interested in applying for the accelerated program upon application to the BSW program.  Students need to maintain a “B” or higher in their undergraduate social work courses, attain an undergraduate final GPA of 3.0, and demonstrate professional behavior appropriate for a developing social worker (see student handbook for Policy on Professional Behavior) throughout the program.  Upon receiving the BSW degree, students would then continue on into the MSW program to complete the remaining 30 credits. 

 

Join the Social Work Club! 

The mission and purpose of the social work club is to foster a safe learning environment to anyone interested in the social work profession and its primary function of advocating for persons living in the micro, mezzo and macro level. The Hawaii Pacific University Social Work Club would like to provide the community with support. 

The Hawaii Pacific University Social Work Club is a student-lead organization designed to provide students with opportunities to connect with other social work students and the surrounding community. Activities and fundraising events provide an environment to learn about community outreach organizing, empowerment of the self and for others, social self-awareness and the impact these experiences can have for students at Hawai'i Pacific University, all people of this island and our global cohorts.