Department of Social Work

About the Department

The tradition of excellence and commitment to progressive social work education started in 1950 when Social Work became an academic sub-unit of the Department of Sociology and Social Welfare of the College of Liberal Arts and later in 1961, as a separate Department of College of Arts and Sciences. It was one of the two departments that comprised the Institute of Social work and Community Development, when the latter was established in 1967. In 1987, the Institute became the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD).

At present, the Department aims to educate current and future social workers on integrative social work practice anchored on critical and culturally relevant theoretical perspectives. Its strategic goal is to be a center of excellence in social work education in Southeast Asia.

At the forefront of social work education in the Philippines, the Department strives to ensure that its people-centered and praxis-oriented curricula in both the undergraduate and graduate levels are responsive and relevant to the realization of people’s empowerment and social transformation. It is the first in the Philippines to offer graduate education on distance mode, in partnership with the UP Open University, paving the way for more accessible post baccalaureate programs.It also takes an active role in the development of national standards for social work education.

The Department’s roster of graduates includes social workers who have distinguished themselves in various fields of practice, internationally and locally. Among them are those who have served as secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and other other leadership positions in government and non-government organizations, as chair and members of the Board of Examiners for Social Work, consultants, leaders, and staff of international social welfare and development agencies as well as social work educators and administrators. Our graduates have not only maintained a 100 per cent passing rate in the Social Work board examination but have consistently been in the Top 10.

Undergraduate Course Offerings

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

An undergraduate program that prepares students for direct practice in social work with individuals, families, groups and communities. There are 69 units of general education courses and 71 units of professional courses covering four curricular areas:

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare Policies Programs and Services
  • Social Work Practice
  • Field Instruction