Department of Social Work
Do you enjoy working with people and understanding them? Do you want to make a difference in others' lives? Then you may want to consider a social work major at the University of Northern Iowa. Students in social work take classes in human growth and development, human behavior, social work practice and social policy.
If you are seeking a career where you can create social change, fight injustice, and address the wide-ranging effects of individual and systemic trauma, then UNI's Master of Social Work (MSW) program is the place for you.
Since 2014, our program has provided a trauma-informed care specialization which is based on decades of research on how people are affected by stress, adversity, and oppression. You'll work with scholars and experts in the field of trauma and mental health, gain experience in the field, and will learn innovative approaches to address the complex problems facing our world.
Make a Difference.
UNI's social work programs prepares students for beginning to advanced social work practice at the individual, family, small group, organizational and community levels while adhering to social work values and ethics. Students will learn to use research-informed practice to advocate for social and economic justice.
Practical experience is an important emphasis in social work. Every student is required to complete an internship with a community agency, working with clients and supervised by a practicing social worker. Students can get involved beyond the classroom by participating in the Student Social Work Association (SSWA) or Master of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA), growing student orgs focused on learning more about the social work profession.
Faculty within the Department of Social Work are knowledgeable, respected, passionate and, above all, dedicated to your success.
UNI’s smaller class sizes lead to more opportunities to get to know your professors and work closely with them. Whether you need help preparing for your next paper or exam, grad school recommendations or career advice ... your social work professor will be there to support you.