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History of the Social Work Department

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The Department of Social Work is housed in the School of Arts and Sciences. The Social Work Program involves students in the studies and activities that will enable them to cope effectively with the socio-cultural and interpersonal process of a constantly changing, complex society. 


Specific planning for additional faculty and courses was started in early 1977. The courses were initially classified as social science courses as required by the goals and objectives of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the Council on Social Work Education. Before social work became part of the general curriculum at UAPB, an intense plan was written and submitted to the Chancellor in 1977 outlining the practicality of a social work degree. The plan was approved, and the Social Work Program began to gain autonomy. In 1977, the courses were given a social work prefix.


The Social Work Program was initiated in 1974 by one faculty member. It was a component of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

Students learn about individuals who have rural values and must learn to survive within an urban environment through this direct contact. Families surround the University on fixed incomes and at low-income levels. The conceptual model of social work provides the student with basic knowledge and skills in the three components of social work practice: orientation to the ethics and standards of the profession of Social Work; knowledge concerning the Social Sciences and Human Behavior; and both knowledge and skill in the problem-solving process.

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Mail Slot 4815
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

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