Social Work - Beginning Fall 2017

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Program: Social Work
Degree Level: Undergraduate Degree Completion
Credit Hours: 48 credit hours (120 hours needed to graduate)

Delivery Format: Online
UNK Transfer Guide

Social work is more than a profession; it is a calling and a personal mission that compels ordinary individuals to make extraordinary efforts aimed at creating a more compassionate, moral, and inclusive society. A bachelor's degree in social work online from UNK equips students with the skills to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities across society.

As one of the fastest growing professions of the twenty-first century, social work is projected to continue its employment needs over the next few decades, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Graduates of UNK's online social work bachelor's program will help meet workforce demands in human services areas, including in medical and public health; mental health and substance abuse; child, family, and school; geriatrics; and other areas within communities.

The UNK Department of Social Work has maintained accreditation at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1982. This accreditation allows students to classify as advanced standing students and complete their master’s degree in social work from schools around the country in a faster and more affordable way.


General Studies Courses

(48 credit hours required)

Unrestricted Electives

(24 credit hours required)

Major Courses

(48 credit hours)

Required Courses
(36 credit hours)

SOWK 170GS - Introduction to Social Welfare (3 credit hours)
SOWK 172 - Human Service Ethics and Experience (3 credit hours)
SOWK 400 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 credit hours)
SOWK 410 - Social Policy & Programs (3 credit hours)
SOWK 420 - Diversity and Social Justice (3 credit hours)
SOWK 440 - Fundamentals of Research in Social Welfare (3 credit hours)
SOWK 441 - Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families (3 credit hours)
SOWK 442 - Social Work Practice with Groups (3 credit hours)
SOWK 443 - Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities (3 credit hours)
SOWK 480 - Field Placement I (3 credit hours)
SOWK 481 - Field Placement II (3 credit hours)
SOWK 482 - Senior Social Work Seminar (3 credit hours)


Elective Courses

Take 12 credits from the following:
SOWK 468 - Introduction to Disabilities (3 credit hours)
SOWK 469 - Introduction to Mental Health Issues (3 credit hours)
SOWK 470 - International Social Work Experience (1-6 credit hours)
SOWK 471 - Aging Services (3 credit hours)
SOWK 473 - Child Welfare Services (3 credit hours)
SOWK 475 - Child Abuse and Neglect (3 credit hours)
SOWK 476 - Social Work in Legal Settings (3 credit hours)
SOWK 477 - School Social Work (3 credit hours)
SOWK 478 - Medical Social Work (3 credit hours)
SOWK 479 - Violence Across the Lifespan (3 credit hours)
SOWK 499 - Special Studies in Social Work (1-3 credit hours)


How do I get started? 

1. Learn more about the program on the Department of Social Work website, or request information.

2. Prepare to apply by viewing the program's admission requirements above, or apply now.

3. Contact UNK eCampus with any questions:

University of Nebraska at Kearney - eCampus
Phone: 308-865-8927
Email: ecampus@unk.edu 

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