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Department of Social Work


Department of Social Work


The Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) Program prepares generalist social workers for entry level professional practice within the varied social systems and organizations of central Arkansas, the rest of the state, and the nation.


The mission of the Social Work Program is to graduate ethical, competent generalist social workers, committed to enhancing the quality of life, alleviating poverty, oppression and discrimination and promoting social and economic justice. A critical aspect of the program's mission is to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities. The mission is grounded in an Afrocentric perspective that is holistic in nature and sensitive to social, cultural and human diversity. Further, the program seeks to promote growth through lifelong learning.



  • Prepare ethical and competent entry-level social work professional grounded in the knowledge and values of generalist social work practice from an Afrocentric perspective.
  • Prepare social work graduates committed to the enhancement of the human well-being and to the alleviation of discrimination, oppression and poverty.
  • Prepare students to apply social work values and ethics in professional practice.
  • Promote life-long learning through professional growth and development.
  • Prepare social workers to be culturally competent in practice with diverse populations.


CSWE  Core Competencies of Social Work Practice

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Differences in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economics, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities




Angela Sanders, Department Chair

Angela Sanders
Assistant Professor / Social Work Program Director
MSW, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR
BS, Henderson State University Arkadelphia, AR
(501) 370-5259
Joyce Wesley, Assistant Professor
Joyce Wesley
Assistant Professor / Field Coordinator
MSW, University of Arkansas Little Rock, AR
BSW, University of Pine Bluff, AR
(501) 370-5387
Carolyn Parham, Assistant Professor
Carolyn Parham
Assistant Professor / Title IV-E Field Specialist
MSW, University of Arkansas Little Rock, AR
BS, Philander Smith College Little Rock, AR
(501) 370-5309
Trina Johnson
Trina Johnson
Title IV-E Field Trainer
(501) 370-5308
Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Billy Burris