Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Program Goals

The following goals are offered with the understanding that complex social and economic justice issues require advocacy, social action, and/or clinical work with diverse populations and communities. 

  • The preparation of professionals for scholarship and research in the areas that include but are not limited to, conceptual development, theory building, evaluation of practice, and program evaluation;
  • The preparation of professionals for an advanced understanding of multiple research methodologies;
  • The preparation of professionals for skills in academic teaching in the content areas of theory, practice, research, and policy;
  • The preparation of professionals to understand the evolution and integration of clinical theory as it applies to clinical practice and clinical research;
  • The preparation of professionals to understand the evolution and development of models of service delivery within organizations;
  • The preparation of professionals to have an advanced understanding of the history of the social work profession and its relevance for policy, practice, and research;  
  • The preparation of professionals to understand and assume leadership roles with diverse populations and communities.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, doctoral students in the PhD program should be able to demonstrate the following competencies as a future scholar and practice-informed researcher in the field of social work.
 
HISTORY AND CURRENT TRENDS
  • An advanced understanding of the history and current issues of the social work profession and its relevance for policy, practice, and research;  
  • An advanced understanding of the social work profession in a context that is increasingly global, multi-cultural, and requiring global-based human rights violations and inequalities be steadfastly tackled.
  • Leadership in the profession’s commitment to remedying the growing and profound inequality in the United States with a commitment to policies, practices, and research that remedy those inequalities and their immediate negative effects on vulnerable populations.
  • Gain inter-disciplinary collaboration experience with an increased understanding and awareness of the importance of working with other disciplines to alleviate social problems.
THEORY
  • An advanced understanding of the definition and purpose of theory across the three main content areas of practice, policy and research.
  • Ability to understand the evolution and integration of theory as it applies to practice-informed research.
  • Ability to understand the role of theory in the development and analysis of social policy.
RESEARCH
  • Have an advanced understanding of multiple quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Develop skills in a particular methodology as demonstrated in their dissertation work.
  • Gain skills and experience in the data analysis and preparation of data for scholarly pursuits such as conference presentations and manuscript preparations and submissions to build a portfolio for post-graduation.
  • Become an independent research scholar to contribute to a growing body of knowledge in one’s particular area of interest and practice.              
TEACHING
  • Develop skills in academic teaching such as syllabus development, delivery methods, assignments, organizational methods, and grading criteria.
  • Develop their own pedagogical style and teaching strategies for the classroom.
  • Develop an expertise in teaching clinical methods; human behavior; policy practice, and/or research methods.
  • Develop a portfolio of teaching experience across content areas for employment opportunities post-graduation.
ORGANIZATIONS
 
  • Ability to understand the evolution and development of models of service delivery within organizations.
  • Ability to understand the nature of leadership and management styles, organizational structure, resource development and availability, nature of population and their needs to effectively evaluate programs offered by organizations.
LEADERSHIP
 
  • Demonstrate leadership in the profession’s commitment to remedying the growing and profound inequality in the United States with a commitment to policies, practices, and research that remedy those inequalities and their immediate negative effects on vulnerable populations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice values, a strong component of a Jesuit education.