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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

BA in Social Work Major

Required – Students select any two of the following courses.
SW 4121 Mental Deviance & Mental Health Institutions                               SW 4173 Social Services for Older Adults
SW 4142 Working with Racial & Ethnic Minorities                                         SW 4175 Child Welfare Policy & Practice
SW 4143 Stress & Stress Management in the Helping Professions          SW 4193 Therapeutic Communication
SW 4171 Addictions Treatment                                                                         SW 4194 Seminar in Social Work
SW 4172 Human Services Administration                                                      SW 4195 Family & Group Practice
A typical course sequence:

In addition to completing the University's General Education program, the Social Work major requires 53 credit hours including the internship typically taken in the student's last term.

A minimum cumulative grade point average for all college work of 2.4 and a 2.4 grade point average for all UNI courses taken is required for admission to the Social Work major.

Freshman year:
 Principles of Sociology
Introduction to Psychology
General Education courses
Sophomore year:

Social Welfare: A World View
Continuity of Life
Social Services and Social Work
Social Work Practice I
Intro to Developmental Psychology or Human Growth & Development
General Education courses or University electives

Junior year:
Statistics for Social Research
Upper Division Social Work courses
University electives

Senior year:
Upper Division Social Work courses
Field Instruction
University electives

Common minors pursued:

Students may select a minor or distribute their credits across a wide variety of courses. Typical minors are psychology, sociology, women's studies, criminology or related social sciences. Spanish is an excellent minor or joint major for Social Work.

Unique program features:

Social work majors may earn a Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate which prepares students for social work in the substance abuse treatment field.

Doctoral-level faculty are accomplished classroom teachers and have established national level research-and scholarship. Each has years of professional practice in social work to inform their teaching.

The Social Work Student Organization is involved with a variety of service and social activities, and helps students orient to the major and the profession.

Alpha Delta Mu is the national Social Work honor society. The purpose of the organization is to advance excellence in social work practice and to encourage, stimulate and maintain scholarship of the individual member. An initiation ceremony and banquet is normally held each year for new members.

The program has a wide variety of Field Instruction internship placement opportunities locally and in selected locations in Iowa and other states.

Students may participate in an exchange program with the University of Hull, England.

Information on the Conflict Resolution certificate can be obtained in the Social Work department.

The University of Northern Iowa program will prepare students for beginning level professional social work practice or for graduate work. The Social Work Department at the University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Washington, D.C.