FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

B.S.S.W. Mission & Goals


B.S.S.W. Program Mission Statement

As a vital, contributing member of the South Florida community, the undergraduate social work program is committed to preparing its students for generalist practice in diverse, urban communities, locally and globally with an emphasis on understanding and serving individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.  Grounded in the professional social work values and ethics, the program educates students with skills and knowledge based on scientific inquiry and collaborative engagement to promote human and community well-being.

B.S.S.W. Program Goals

The goals of the undergraduate program are derived from the BSSW program mission statement and are consistent with CSWE’s Educational Policy.

The goals of the BSSW Program are to:

  1. Provide curricula for generalist practice that build on a liberal arts foundation and the person and environment construct.
  2. Educate students of generalist practice to identify with the social work profession grounded in its history, values, and science and to recognize, support, and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings.
  3. Prepare students to engage, assess, intervene with, and evaluate diverse and multi-cultural individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in order to promote human and social well-being.
  4. Educate students to promote policies, services, and resource allocation in order to advocate for human rights and social and economic justice.
  5. Prepare students to develop and use critical thinking and apply ethical principles in their practice.
  6. Provide students with the ability to engage in research-informed practice, collaborative engagement, and be proactive in responding to the impact of context on professional practice. 

The objectives of the Undergraduate Social Work Program are to educate students to:

  1. Apply critical thinking skills to generalist social work practice.

  2. Understand and apply the values and ethics of the social work profession.

  3. Recognize and demonstrate sensitivity to ethnic heritage, culture, gender, sex or sexual orientation, race, age, class, faith and spirituality, and disabilities and how these factors can affect social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, or organizations.

  4. Learn to use supervision and consultation appropriate to generalist practice.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the social work profession and its role in addressing contemporary social problems.

  6. Understand oppression and apply the strategies and skills of change that advance social and economic justice for vulnerable and at risk populations.

  7. Understand, analyze, and apply knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice.

  8. Use research based knowledge to understand interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations and communities as it relates to human development and behavior across the life span.

  9. Demonstrate knowledge of social welfare policies including the analysis, formulation and influencing of the policy making process.

  10. Demonstrate understanding of the basic skills needed to evaluate human service interventions, including one's own practice.

  11. Demonstrate professional communication skills across systems and settings.

  12. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology and application of technology to social work practice.

  13. Practice effectively in organizations and service delivery systems and understand the processes of organizational change.

  14. Participate in seminars, workshops, and other activities sponsored by community organizations and professional associations


School of Social Work

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 576
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-5880
Fax: 305-348-5312

Mary Helen Hayden, Ed.D., L.C.S.W., D.C.S.W.
Phone: 305-348-1208


Maria Gutierrez
Office Manager
Phone: 305-348-5880