The Department of Social Work offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees. The purpose of the undergraduate social work major is to provide professional education and training that prepares students for employment as generalist practitioners. Students in the major acquire knowledge and skills for work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
The Master of Social Work (MSW) prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to become specialists in trauma-informed practice. MSW graduates are employed in advanced and leadership positions in mental health, hospice, substance abuse, child welfare and many other social service sectors.
The Department of Social Work offers new and transfer student orientations each semester. Students can meet their peers, faculty, field director and undergraduate secretary while learning the basics of the program. Joining the Student Social Work Association (SSWA) is a wonderful way to meet other social work students and to be involved in campus and community events.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
The department's student social work associations are for students who want to learn more about the profession and want to collaborate and network with other social work majors at UNI. They bring in speakers and organize events that help students become informed and active in the community and with those practicing in the social work profession.
The social work department has various scholarships and awards that you may be eligible for to help with the financial burdens of obtaining your degree. The scholarships and awards aid to highlight academic achievements, leadership skills and volunteer experiences.
A major in social work puts a student in direct practice with local, state, national and even international agency experiences. Whether it is through volunteer experiences, service learning experiences or field practicum experiences, students will gain the skills necessary to provide future clients the best possible social work interventions.
COMMON CAREER AREAS
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FIND OUT MORE
If you have questions about our program, please call the special education department office at 319-273-6061.
Cindy Juby, Head
Department of Social Work