Social Work


Department Head: Dr. Vaughn DeCoster

Advisor: Kristen Merritt

Phone: 479-788-7564

College Website: College of Communication, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences
Department Website:  Social Work


Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans:

Bachelor of Social Work

Minor-Social Work



The Bachelor of Social Work degree prepares a professional and ethical generalist social worker to be a critical thinker, grounded in the liberal arts, advocating for social, economic, and environmental justice, using evidence-based strategies to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


The Minor in Social Work introduces students to social work knowledge, values and skills to generate positive individual and social change, complementing other majors exploring the human condition.


What can I do with a degree in Social Work?

Adult/child protection worker

Case manager


Geriatric social worker

Hospice social worker

Medical social worker

Mental health tech

School social worker

Prepares for graduate and professional schools, e.g. M.S.W.

Websites for Career Research


Why should you choose to major/minor in Social Work?

  • Faculty maintain clinical licenses and collectively have over 50 years of real-world direct practice experience.
  • The UAFS Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is designed in accordance with the Council on Social Work Education Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).
  • Once accepted into the professional program, students are guaranteed placement in required SOWK courses.
  • The program uses a “cohort model,” students go through advanced social work courses as a group.
  • Students complete two internships (400 hours) during their senior year, gaining “real world” practice experiences.
  • UAFS's BSW Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


Graduates are employed with:

  • Arkansas DHS
  • Oklahoma DHS
  • Baptist Health
  • The Guidance Center
  • Mercy Health Care

Undergraduate Research Opportunities