Mission and Goals for the SWAN


To inspire and develop leaders in research and practice dedicated to improving human life, for all, in local, national and global contexts.   

SWAN students will receive outstanding training in  knowledge, theories and skills in Anthropology and in Social Work needed to become effective scholars, advocates, and administrators. Theories and interventions will be taught with appreciation for multiple aspects of the social ecological context.  Students will gain a rich understanding of how diverse social cultural, and political-economic forces both shape the lives of individuals, groups, communities, and institutions as well as foster inequalities Students will be educated in how values, beliefs, and practices affect the development of policies, programs, and the utilization and design of service delivery systems. The SWAN graduate will combine scholarly training with expert-level skills in order to effectively advance culturally informed and aware practice through teaching, scholarship, and the development of social programs, and policies.

Curricular goals

  1. Develop a thorough understanding and ability to appropriately utilize contemporary theories of culture and human behavior in their many manifestations, e.g. gender, ethnicity, structural violence.
  2. Understand the nature of social and political inequities, their sources, and effective strategies for intervention.
  3. Learn the skills needed for qualitative and quantitative research, interpersonal and collaborative work.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to use theory to guide research development, proposal writing, data analysis, interpretation of findings, and publishing of results.
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