College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social Work Major

The Social Work Department at the University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The undergraduate social work major prepares students for beginning level professional social work practice.
The mission of the UNI BA in Social Work program is to prepare students for beginning generalist 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. This commitment is supported by the promotion of multicultural responsiveness.  Critical thinking is a fundamental component of the program that encourages students to examine challenging or opposing concepts and explore conflicting personal and professional values. Service learning requirements, to include volunteer and internship experiences, contribute to the sharing of knowledge between community partners, faculty and student. (March 2020)


Checklist of Program Courses

Academic Standing Requirements for SW Courses

Awesome Minors/Certificates to Consider with your Social Work Degree



Required Core Courses:





      SW 1001 Introduction to Social Work and Social Services  
      SOC 2020 Statistics for Social Research (Or STAT 1772)  
      SW 2091 Practice with Individuals  

      SW 4200

Field Instruction (11 credit minimum)  
      SW 3185 Social Work Research  
      SW 3192 Practice with Groups and Families  
      SW 4144 Social Policies & Issues  
      SW 4163 Diversity & Difference  
      SW 4164 Human Behavior and the Social Environment  
      SW 4196 Practice with Communities and Organizations  

Electives (Select any three of the following courses):

      SW 1041 Social Welfare: A World View  
      SW 2045 American Racial and Ethnic Minorities  
      SW 3102 Conflict Resolution  
      SW 3179 Cooperative Education  
      SW 4143 Stress & Stress Management in the Helping Professions  
      SW 4171 Addictions Treatment  
      SW 4173 Social Services for Older Adults  
      SW 4175 Child Welfare Policy & Practice  
      SW 4193 Models of Social Work Practice  
      SW 4121 Social Work in Mental Health Settings  

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