Social Work Program Mission and Goals


The Union College Social Work Program educates and empowers competent social workers in a Christian Seventh-day Adventist context for global service and leadership.  Grounded in a liberal arts foundation, graduates demonstrate the ethical integration of faith and social work practice to promote social work values. Union College Social Work graduates are prepared for entry-level generalist practice and graduate school through the demonstration of competency to promote human and community well-being. 


Students graduating from the Union College Social Work program: 

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior with integrity and respect for human relationships.
  2. Engage diversity and differences in practice as God loves all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, class, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, religious belief, and ability.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice with dignity and respect for God’s creation.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research, research-informed practice, and policy practice influencing through Christian servant leadership the enhancement of the quality of life for all.
  5. Apply a strengths-based generalist model to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to promote healing and compassion for those in need.