Competencies and Student Learning Outcomes



  1. Understand the historical evolution of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues, including the rural and global perspective.
  2. Understand the forms and mechanisms of discrimination and oppression that affect various populations in general and populations-at-risk in rural and developing communities, especially related to community standing or status.
  3. Use empirically supported theoretical frameworks to understand individual development and behaviors across the life span and the interactions with systems of all sizes.


  1. Demonstrate understanding of the values of the social work profession and apply the NASW Code of Ethics with particular emphasis on how they may differ in rural and developing communities and among individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


  1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
  2. Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, race, immigration status, political ideology, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
  3. Apply the Generalist Intervention Model of knowledge and skills for intervention with diverse rural and developing communities at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
  4. Analyze, formulate, influence and examine the impact of social policies on rural and developing communities.
  5. Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to evidence-based practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions.
  6. Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communications skills with diverse populations.
  7. Apply strategies of advocacy and change that advance social and economic justice in rural and developing communities.
  8. Demonstrate organizational skills by using supervision and consultation opportunities, understanding and adhering to agency policies and procedures, and seeking organizational change.
  9. Apply professional knowledge, values, and skills appropriate to the demands of graduate and continuing education.