The Social Welfare Minor provides a comprehensive understanding of the social welfare system, the values behind it, and the social issues facing individuals, families, groups and communities. It provides an understanding of social welfare and social service programs, and introduces students to the wide variety of Social Work positions.

Students complete one required course and four elective courses offered by the Department of Social Work for a total of 15 credits. If a student chooses to Major in Social Work, all the courses taken for the Social Welfare Minor will apply to the Major; however, students cannot receive both a Minor in Social Welfare and a Major in Social Work at the same time. Only students who graduate with a degree in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) are eligible to be licensed as social workers in the State of Iowa (LBSW) and can be considered for Advanced Standing in the MSW program.

CSWE
Accredited

UNI's Department of Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

#1
in Iowa

UNI offers the largest Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program in the state of Iowa.

Dedicated
Faculty

Social work faculty have extensive experience working in a variety of clinical and agency settings.

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

Department Secretary:
Ashley Rasmussen
Phone: 319-273-6249
Email: ashley.rasmussen@uni.edu

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Plan of Study

Required
  • SW 1001 Introduction to Social Work and Social Services
        
Electives

(Select four courses from the following):

  • SW 2045 American Racial and Ethnic Minorities  
  • SW 3102 Conflict Resolution  
  • SW 4121 Social Work in Mental Health Settings  
  • SW 4144 Social Policies and Issues  
  • SW 4163 Diversity and Difference  
  • SW 4164 Human Behavior and the Social Environment  
  • SW 4171 Addictions Treatment  
  • SW 4173 Social Services for Older Adults  
  • SW 4175 Child Welfare Policy and Practice  

Total Hours: 15