Department Head: Dr. Vaughn DeCoster
Advisor: Kristen Merritt
College Website: College of Communication, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences
Department Website: 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
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
- O*NET Online
Visit the Discover Arkansas website for information on Arkansas careers.
(The student self-registration Access Code is: numa.)
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 was awarded its second year candidacy status for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.
Graduates are employed with:
- Arkansas DHS
- Oklahoma DHS