College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Undergraduate Program FAQ

How long does it take a full-time student to complete the Social Work major?
A full-time student carrying an average load can complete the 53 credit hour major in two years.

What do social workers do?
Individuals with social work degrees have a variety of employment options to choose from, to include direct practice with individuals, working with families and groups of individuals, providing supervision in human service organizations and working in communities to better the lives of all individuals.  The types of settings that social workers are employed in include, but are not limited to:  Addictions prevention and treatment programs, Behavior health units, Child welfare protective services and case management, Criminal justice settings (parole, probation, work release, prisons), Educational settings, Home based services, Hospice, Hospitals, Inpatient and outpatient mental health centers, Legal Aid, Nursing homes, Public Health, Residential treatment facilities, Sexual assault advocacy and treatment, Shelters, Supported community living.

Is the Social Work program accredited?
The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. In addition to insuring quality, this is important for licensing, job qualification, and advanced standing in MSW programs.  The UNI Social Work program has an MSW program, on campus and online.  Students with a BA in Social Work from an accredited undergraduate social work program can apply to complete the UNI MSW program with 34 credits versus the full MSW program of 60 credits.

What are qualities of people who make good social workers?
Strong intelligence, a compassionate, non-controlling orientation toward other people, good relationships skills, good judgment, and a stable, positive personality are all qualities that make a good social worker. This is the field for you if you connect with the primary mission of the social work profession, which according to the NASW Code of Ethics (2017), is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s dual focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.  Social workers cannot allow their own personal problems, psychosocial distress, legal problems, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties to interfere with their professional judgment and performance or to jeopardize the best interests of people for whom they have a professional responsibility. A social work major is not a substitute for personal counseling or therapy.

How do I declare a Social Work major at UNI?
You may obtain an application form at the Department of Social Work Office, 235 Sabin, on UNI's campus. After reviewing your application the Admissions Committee will either ask for an interview or send you a letter of admittance which will include the name of your advisor.

Is there a GPA requirement for the Social Work major?  To be accepted into the Social Work major, students must have a UNI and Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.  

Where can I learn more about Social Work?
A good source of information on the social work major can be found at https://csbs.uni.edu/sites/default/files/social_work.pdf

Whom should I contact for Social Work advising at UNI?  Jenny Becker, BA Program Director, jennifer.becker@uni.edu, Sabin 241, (319) 273-7881