Mission Statement

The Social Work Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare competent social work practitioners. Our graduates will be equipped with evidence-based generalist social work knowledge, skills, ethics and values to promote the dignity and well-being of all people within a diverse society.


  1. Equip students with core competencies for beginning generalist social work practice that enable them to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  2. Prepare students to demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors which will incorporate the knowledge, skills, values, and cognitive and affective processes of the social work profession that are crucial for the advancement of human rights, and economic and social justice.
  3. Prepare students for evidence-based practice with diverse and marginalized populations.
  4. Prepare students as beginning social work generalist practitioners who are engaged in research informed practice and practice informed research.

Social Work Accreditation

The UNK Social Work Department has maintained accreditation at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1982.
View more about Social Work's accreditation.

Social Work Reaffirmation

Reaffirmation is a comprehensive program review that examines the design, implementation, and outcome of program delivery every eight years.

Social Work Assessment

Please select the document below to access the UNK Social Work Department's Annual Assessment Report.
UNK Social Work Department Assessment Summary 2021-2022