Make an Impact

The drive to help those in need. The desire to improve the quality of life conditions for all people. The ability to critically think and problem solve in real life situations.

Social work at UNI supplements all of these qualities into a program that sets you up for success in a helping profession.

Check out the BSW Program Handbook here.

Submit Social Work APPLICATION to Jennifer Becker at, along with resume, autobiographical sketch (see application) and Declaration of Curriculum.

The UNI BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Social work graduates from CSWE-accredited programs qualify for advanced standing in CSWE-accredited MSW programs (12-16 months) as opposed to undergraduate social work degrees from non-CSWE accredited programs or other non social work undergraduate degrees, who would have to enroll in MSW Foundation programs (2-3 years).  Check out UNI's 1 year MSW program here.

Mentor and mentee

Want to learn more?

Fill out your information here and we'll be in touch!

Contact us directly at:

Department of Social Work
Sabin Hall, Room 235
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

BSW Program and Field Instruction
Jennifer Becker
Phone: 319-273-7881

Undergraduate Majors RFI Form

Why Social Work?

Find your path.

UNI social work courses prepare students for beginning, generalist social work practice. You'll learn to use research-informed principles to advocate for social and economic justice, and critical thinking to examine challenging or opposing concepts. Service learning, or required internship and volunteer experiences, will help you build on foundational courses, such as:

  • Human Growth and Development 
  • Human Behavior 
  • Social Work Practice
  • Social Policy
  • Diversity and Difference
  • American Racial and Ethnic Minorities
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Social Work in Mental Health Settings
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Grow your future.

Graduates of the social work program find employment in many different service areas. Bonus: you'll be graduating from a department that is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. That means UNI social work majors are prepared for beginning social work practice throughout the country and will receive advanced standing when continuing onto graduate programs.

All you need to decide is, what population would you like to serve? There are so many areas to help support, including:  

  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Children, Adolescent and Family Services
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Domestic Violence, Violence Prevention and/or Housing
  • Educational Settings
  • Medical/Health Care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Persons with Disabilities 
  • Refugee/Immigrant Services
  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
  • Veteran Services
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Go beyond.

Practical experience is an important emphasis in social work. Every senior will 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), a growing student org focused on learning more about the social work profession.

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The Social Work Department at the University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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