Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work

Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) advances the ideals of economic and social justice, through an enriched curriculum, innovative research and transformative community engagement.

With origins dating back to 1920, the School prepares culturally competent social work professionals guided by its unique legacy and Afrocentric perspective. Leveraging this convergence of culture and service, the School produces dynamic leaders in the field, who are committed to enhancing the well-being and equitable treatment of diverse individuals and communities; and driving good works for a better world. 

The School is the nation’s first accredited school of social work at a historically black college or university (HBCU) and is named in honor of its first Dean, noted social reformer and civil rights leader, Whitney M. Young Jr.


Undergraduate Programs


School of Social Work Faculty

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work (WMYJSSW) at Clark Atlanta University (CAU). We prepare students to address complex Human and social issues that confronts today’s society. Using the Afro-centric perspective, which is grounded in the African ethos, “I am because we are” our students work to achieve social justice for the poor, oppressed, people of color, and other marginalized groups. If you believe in culturally diverse practice and social justice for all, I hope you will consider the Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work.

At the WMYJSSW you will find opportunities to engage with diverse student body and faulty that will inspire you to learn and grow. We are located in metropolitan Atlanta, nestled within the Atlanta University Center (AUC), the largest configuration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world. Our faculty includes a diverse group of scholars that are actively engaged in cutting edge research to address complex culturally diverse human and social issues locally, nationally, and globally. Their practice and research experience undergirds our long-standing commitment to social justice.

Our WMYJSSW offers a BSW, MSW, and PhD program: we offer an innovation, enriched curriculum that reflects current and future practice needs. Our environment is supportive yet challenging and encourages intellectual curiosity from our students and faculty, a like. Our curriculum offers a range of social work courses and diverse field education sites, community service opportunities, and collaborative partnerships with Morehouse School of Medicine and CAUs Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development. Our BSW program offers a rigorous generalist practice program that prepares Students for entry level social work practice. Our MSW program offers an Advance Direct Practice concentration with foci in Child and Family and Health / Mental Health. Our MSW students are also engaged in rigorous research opportunities via completion of a thesis or conceptual paper.

At the WMYJSSW, we are committed to addressing complex human and social issues that confronts society using an Afro-centric perspective that emphasizes social justice for African Americans and other marginalized groups. Now more than ever, social workers are needed to challenge injustices and work to alleviate human and social issues to affect positive change. I invite you to join us in this effort.

Jenny Jones, Ph.D.,
Dean and Professor

The Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work offers programs at Undergraduate and Graduate levels. The School utilizes an Afrocentric, autonomous social work practice model to prepare culturally competent practitioners capable of intervening and working with systems of all sizes and resolving problems that particularly affect African American children, families, and males within the context of family and community. With concentrations in areas that deal with the most pressing issues in social work today, the School offers students something they just won’t find anywhere else.

Afrocentric Perspective

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, congruent with the University’s mission, is to prepare social work professionals, practitioners and leaders with the knowledge, skills and abilities to address culturally diverse human and social issues locally, nationally and globally.

The School’s mission reaffirms the mission and the cultural creed of the University.  The mission preserves and disseminates the heritage of African American people and seeks to produce diverse graduates who are productive and responsible citizens who advance the purposes of social work education and address social, economic, and racial disparity issues that prevail on a global level.

Our vision is to advance a just and compassionate society that promotes health and well-being and the empowerment of all oppressed groups, especially those affected by racial, social, and economic inequities.

The Afrocentric Perspective

The Afrocentric Perspective is a culturally grounded social work practice-based model that affirms, codifies, and integrates common cultural experiences, values, and interpretations that cut across people of African descent.  The Perspective encompasses the intersectionality of race, and other societal factors such as gender, ethnicity, social class, ability status and sexual orientation. 

Further, the Perspective acknowledges African cultural resiliency as a foundation to help social work practitioners solve pressing social problems that diminish human potential and preclude positive social change.  Thus, Afrocentric social work practice as a pedagogy imbedded within the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Programs, endeavors to prepare our students to address specific psychological, social, spiritual, and economic problems experienced by people of African descent and to address problems confronted by all people.

Culturally Grounded: The combination and utilization of cultural sensitivity and cultural competence in social work practice.

Intersectionality: The examination of how two or more social constructions of oppression and/or privilege intersect to shape people’s social environment and cumulative lived experiences.

Spiritual: In social work practice this area of assessment and intervention seeks to understand a client’s sense of self, sense of meaning, and purpose, in an attempt to offer solutions to better manage life challenges.


The Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration Alumni Advisory Council (SBAAAC) aims to enhance relationships between the School of Business Administration (SBA) and its alumni to serve as a source of continued support to current students and graduates in academic and professional endeavors. Additionally, the SBAAAC provides advice and counsel to the SBA dean regarding alumni initiatives as well as priorities identified in alumni feedback. Its members serve as ambassadors in their spheres of influence, and encourage alumni engagement with SBA faculty, staff, and students, and with one another.

Alumni Career Services

For more than six decades, the School of Business Administration has produced some of the best business professionals and managers in the world. With approximately 10,000 alumni, the School has been able to remain on the cutting edge. The MBA Program has produced more than 3,000 graduates and continues to produce one of the largest classes of African-American MBA professionals in the world. Our alumni continue to play a vital role in our success.

Class Captains Listing

The School of Business Administration is currently accepting volunteers or nominations for Class Captains for both the undergraduate and MBA programs. Class Captains serve as a crucial link between the school and alumni. They act as liaisons who assist in spreading the word about important initiatives at the School. Class Captains reengage alumni through volunteerism, annual gifts, recruitment, and student mentoring.

If you are interested in serving as a Class Captain for your class, please forward your interest, including program, class, and contact information by e-mail at AlumniUpdate@cau.edu

Why Study Here?

Undergraduate Program

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredits the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) Program, which prepares generalist social work practitioners with a broad range of knowledge and skills to advocate on behalf of culturally diverse at-risk populations in a global setting.

Graduate Programs

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredits the Master of Social Work (MSW) program and the Doctoral (PhD) program is a member of The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE).

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