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School of Social Work

About Us

History and Overview

Welcome to Morgan State University's School of Social Work. The school was originally formed in 1969, it was known as the Undergraduate Social Welfare Program in the Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts. It was not until 1975 that the program received departmental status and the name was changed to Department of Social Work. The social work program received approval by the Council on Social Work Education in 1971. In 1975, it became one of the first undergraduate programs in the country to receive accreditation by this body. The department has continually received re-accreditation since that time. In 2007 the department reached new growth and expanded to add a Masters and PhD program. Both programs have adapted the rich tradition of enhancing the knowledge base of future social workers and leaders in America with a specific interest in specializing in urban areas. Pursuant to the department's continuing efforts to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of academic programs, effective November 16, 2009 the department of social work was restructured to become a school.

Since the first class earning the B.A. degree graduated in 1971, students completing the undergraduate degree in social work have gone on to distinguished careers in social work and other related disciplines. Social agencies located in the Baltimore-Metropolitan area employ numerous Morgan social work graduates. These agencies include Baltimore City Public Schools, hospitals, psychiatric programs, corrections facilities, child welfare agencies, and agencies that provide services to the elderly. In addition, approximately thirty-three percent of the students receiving the bachelor's degree in social work from Morgan go on the graduate studies in social work within two years of receiving the BSW.

Mission, Vision, & Values

To fully prepare urban social work leaders who are committed to the alleviation of human suffering, social justice, and the improvement of the quality of life for diverse urban populations.

The Social Work Program at Morgan State University endeavors to become a significant educational and professional labor force resource in the City of Baltimore, Maryland and other urban areas in the state of Maryland and nationally in addressing the human needs of urban individuals, families, organizations, and communities through the preparation of competent urban social workers, social work educators, policy advocates, and social work researchers.

Core Values

  1. We believe in social justice and work to correct the social structures that create and perpetuate oppression.
  2. We embrace advocacy, activism, and innovation through community collaboration to strengthen urban communities.
  3. We value integrity, respect, and ethical behavior with all members of our internal and external community.
  4. We work to create an environment of safety, support, balance, and wholeness through teamwork and consensus building.

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