Social Work Accreditation

History of LCSC Bachelor of Social Work

Prior to 1991, the Social Science Division of Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) offered a major in Justice Studies with an emphasis in Social Work. Some of the early courses offered were: Social Case Studies and Interviewing; Social Welfare Policy; Introduction to Group Dynamics; The Family; Methods of Social Work; and Introduction to Social Welfare. Fieldwork for prospective social workers was offered as well. In the fall of 1991, a Social Work major (BSW) was established for the first time in the Social Science Division at the College. In the Fall of 1993 the Bachelor's in Social Work was established for the College's campus in Coeur d'Alene as well.

The LCSC Social Work Program, which offers the only Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in Northern Idaho, achieved candidacy for accreditation in 1992 from the Council on Social Work Education and achieved full accreditation for the program in 1996. Since 1992, the College's Social Work graduates have been eligible for advanced standing in Master's level (MSW) programs because of the CSWE Candidacy Status. Since 1991 the Social Work program has graduated over 300 students and has over 180 declared social work majors on the two campuses.

Our program is advised by a Social Work Advisory Board.

Accreditation Standards

Council on Social Work Accreditation

CSWE Accreditation Outcomes Report

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Social Work Mission Statement

The mission of the Social Work program at Lewis-Clark State College is to prepare students for entry-level generalist practice within their chosen community. Our program is dedicated to meeting students’ needs by providing in-person and online delivery options to promote success for all students. We are committed to the preparation of professional Social Workers by enhancing cognitive and affective processes, and instilling knowledge, skills, and values to serve the needs of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.

The Program relies on a liberal arts foundation and draws on person-in-environment and strengths-based perspectives. Through courses, internships, and student service activities the program prepares graduates to:

  • Provide competent services to promote social and economic justice and advocate for human rights.
  • Acknowledge the importance of human relationships and value the dignity and worth of the person.
  • Practice respectfully with diverse populations, understanding the importance of enhancing the quality of life for all persons, locally and globally.
  • Practice from a set of ethical principles inherent to the Social Work profession, including the recognition that professional development is a life-long learning process.
  • Practice with integrity as professional Social Workers.
  • Engage in meaningful scientific inquiry and program evaluation.

(Revised February 2022)