Masters Thesis

The evaluation of the implicit curriculum: the experiences students have with faculty and diversity within the Master of Social Work program at Stanislaus State

The purpose of the study is to describe the experiences of Master of Social Work (MSW) students at Stanislaus State during the 2018-2019 academic school year regarding only two aspects of the implicit curriculum: diversity and faculty issues. While all accredited social work programs are required to evaluate their competencies and other aspects of their program, the implicit curriculum is one critical evaluation requirement that tends to receive less attention. This particular program evaluation requirement entails a variety of components to a social work program; however, there is a lack of research focused on the implicit curriculum. This study had a sample of 65 MSW students who were either in the Stateside (on-campus) or Hybrid (online) program. The data were gathered via an electronical survey that was sent to all students. The major findings of the study were that there was a high percentage of students who expressed positive experiences regarding diversity and faculty issues. However, the findings did identify some areas of concern regarding political diversity and political correctness. This study highlights implications for practice, policy, and future research related to the implicit curriculum.