The mission of Howard University School of Social Work is to prepare graduates for advanced professional practice at local, national and international levels for the solution of human problems and to become leaders in their communities: and to prepare doctoral graduates for research, the professoriate, and leadership in the global community. We are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge through discovery, research, partnerships, innovative process and other scholarly educational endeavors of the faculty, staff, students and alumni. Graduates are expected to become architects of liberating structures in culturally diverse families and communities. by The Black Perspective – our six guiding principles, affirmation, strengths, diversity, vivification, social justice, and internationalization---our students engage in critical thinking that uses these principles along with other theories including intersectionality, critical race theory, symbolic interaction, and more. Leadership in advocating for the needs of individuals, families and communities is our hallmark. We offer the MSW program, the MSW/PhD program (under review), the PhD program, the MSW/MDiv program, the MSW/MBA program, and the newly added MSW/MPH program. Visit socialwork.howard.edu for more information of the school and our MSW programs.
The Ph.D. Program in social work is research oriented and interdisciplinary in nature. It prepares graduates for leadership positions as academicians and researchers, educators, policy makers and senior level administrators. Specialization areas include Family and Community, Health and Mental Health, International Development as well as other student and faculty agreed upon areas. Our program provides a focused and highly personalized student learning process with a knowledgeable and caring faculty. Students are challenged to grow as scholars and encouraged to use their experience as social workers to be exceptional in their scientific enquiry and examination. Students attend important functions with faculty and often present at professional conferences. Quality mentorship is a critically important part of our program. We are especially proud of our alumni and the contributions that they are making both nationally and globally. They are leaders in the field and staunch advocates for social justice and the eradication of injustice in all of its forms.
Doctoral education at Howard University began in the 1970s. We are the first HBCU to have a doctoral program in social work. Originally, we offered the DSW degree (research doctorate) and in the late 1990s began offering the PHD degree under the auspices of the Graduate School. The first DSW was offered in May, 1980 and the first PhD in May, 1997.
Recent HUSSW Dissertation Topics
“The Internationalization of Social Work Education: A Focus on Attitudes, Transformational Leadership, and Institutionalization” ( L. Acquaye)
“Unseen, Unheard and Nearly Invisible: An Examination of Sexual Orientation and Spirituality’s Impact on Psychological Well-being among Middle Age and Older Black Men Living with HIV/AIDS” (T. Brown)
“Zanzibari Women in Local Social Entrepreneurship: A Participatory Social Learning Approach to Community Sustainability” (R. Connor)
“The Fear of Being Judged: African American Gay Men and Intimate Partner Violence. A Qualitative Study” (D. Frierson)
“Intimate Partner Violence with the Marine Corps: Examining the Socio-Demographic Risk Factors of Active Duty Marine Perpetrators and Types of Abuse” (P. Hubbert)
“I Couldn’t Save Myself: Lived Experiences of Female Street Children in Bangladesh” (E. Kaiser)
“Intimate Partner Violence and Probable Traumatic Brain Injury: Manifestations in the Lives of Abused Women” (A. McFadgion)
“African American Adolescents’ Attitudes and Beliefs on Trauma and Healing: Implications for Mental Health Service Use” (Z. Henderson)
“The Examination of Race and Title IV-E Training on Organizational Commitment to Public Child Welfare” (J. Pryce)
“Lives Linked Through Heart, Mind, and Hands: African American Professional and Managerial Women’s Journeys through Caregiving for Elderly Parents: A Phenomenological Study” (C. Thorne)
“Assessing Attributions for Poverty-Welfare Reliance Between TANF Service Recipients and Social Welfare Service Workers: Implications for Co-cultural Consensus Building & Advocacy” (B. Wadley-Young)
"The Impact of Psychosocial Determinants on the Nonmedical Use of Prescription Medication Among Women with History of Intimate Partner Violence" (T. Carter)
“Exploring the Multiple Determinants of Father Involvement among Non-Resident African American Fathers: A Mixed Methods Approach” (B. Lemmons)
“Health-E Connections: Examining E-Health Utilization among African Americans” (O. Massey)
“Client-Inflicted Workplace Violence, Burnout, Job Satisfaction, and Turnover Intention: A Comparative Analysis Between Institution-Based and Home-Based Direct Care Paraprofessionals” (S. McDowell-Porter)
“Don't Just Give Me That Old Time Religion: The Intersection of Religion and Mental Well-Being Amongst African American Women, A Qualitative Study” (C. Wiley)
“An Exploration of the Well-Being Experiences of Igbo Immigrants Through the Investigation of Their Adaptation and Coping Strategies” (C. Chukwuani)
"’Makes It Seem More Real’: A Qualitative Exploration of the Sexual Health of African American Adolescents with HIV-Positive Mothers (T. Howard)
"Examining Gender-Based Differences in Mental Health Among African-American Youth Living in Public Housing” (E. Whitaker)
"Attitudes of Arab Americans Towards Persons with Developmental Disabilities" (T. Zidan)