Make a difference for people and communities

Social work is one of the fastest-growing professions of the twenty-first century, projected to continue employment demands over the next few decades. The online bachelor’s degree in social work prepares you to meet those workforce needs to help make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities across society.

Through the program, you will gain knowledge, skills and values to better understand human behavior and develop interpersonal skills for jobs within private and public agencies, government and human services fields. Social work expertise applies to positions with medical and public health; mental health and substance abuse; child, family and school services; geriatrics; and many other areas.

UNK’s social work bachelor’s program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1982. This accreditation allows you to classify as an advanced standing student to go onward to complete your master’s degree in social work from schools around the country in a faster and more affordable way.

Benefits of a Bachelor's Degree

Completing a bachelor’s degree qualifies you for additional job positions and careers. The median salary for those with bachelor’s degrees is 39% higher than for those with a high school diploma (no college experience) and 34% higher for those with some college but no degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Opportunities

  • Child Welfare Advocate
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Residential Care Case Worker
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Geriatric Case Manager
  • Home Health Social Worker
  • Health Care Policy Specialist
  • Policy Advocate
  • Adult Protective Services Worker
  • Adoption and Foster Care Worker
  • Literacy Program Coordinator
Emma Luling

"I am so thankful for my department faculty at UNK. Having transferred, they were extremely communicative and supportive of me in my transition process. Tom Knott (Associate Director, Transfer Transitions) and the Admissions staff were extremely accommodating and worked with me. UNK has allowed me to further my education that fosters me as a student with hands-on learning and experience, and I've grown socially and emotionally. I did not realize how friendly everyone was here until I started school. I truly love Kearney. UNK feels like home. "

Emma Luling

Social Work Major