Social Work

Are you passionate about social justice and social change? Do you want a rewarding career working with the disenfranchised, vulnerable, and oppressed? Are you interested in providing assistance and support to diverse individuals, groups, and communities?  A social work degree will help you accomplish these academic and professional goals. 

The Social Work major will provide you with the professional knowledge, values, and skills needed to help people experiencing overwhelming life challenges such as substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness, and death, as well as mental, behavioral, and physical illness or disability. 

Social workers approach their work with people from the strengths perspective, while also looking at the individual within their environment.  Social workers also advocate for social change and become involved in the political process.  Our accredited BSW degree enables you to become a licensed generalist social worker in many states. 

The NAU Social Work degree is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is only offered on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus.  The program’s teaching, research, and service activities address needs of individuals, families, and communities.  Our program was recently awarded the Seal of Assessment Excellence.

Our skilled and knowledgeable faculty is prepared to help you be successful in all facets of your Social Work education. We welcome your interest in the Social Work Program.

Read more detailed program information in the mission statement, goals, competencies, and themes. 

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Our program

We will educate you on the practice of social work with diverse populations under local, regional, and global systems.  We focus on social work knowledge, values, skills geared toward the indigenous peoples of the Southwest. 

We do this by giving you opportunities to:

  • engage and interact with groups and individuals
  • analyze the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual components of human behavior and society
  • articulate the evolution of social welfare and social work as a profession
  • advocate for social change

Degrees and programs

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Here you can study social work techniques while relating it to:

  • Research
  • policy
  • human behavior
  • technology
  • crisis intervention
Degree requirements

To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 credit hours:

  • at least 35 credit hours of liberal studies requirements
  • at least 75 credit hours of major requirements
  • elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 credit hours

Minor in social work

With a minor in social work, you can expand your current major by applying knowledge on social policy and special topics on social work like healthcare, child welfare, and more.

To complete a social work minor, you must take the following 18 units:

  • SW 220 (3 credit hours)
  • five courses from: SW 320W, 321, 370, 401, 420, 450 (15 credit hours)

Academic catalog  

See the academic catalog for full details on this degree, including a course listing. 

Apply now to the BSW program

To be eligible to apply, you must have:

  • at least 24 units, including SW 220, with a grade of B or better
  • a minimum grade point average of 2.25

or permission of the admission committee

Application deadlines

To start in the spring semester: October 1

To start in the fall semester: March 1  

To apply:

  1. complete the social work application form  
  2. obtain copies of your unofficial transcripts (those from other universities are only needed if incoming coursework has not been transferred as NAU credits]
  3. write a personal statement
  4. obtain 2 letters of recommendation

Turn in all documents to the Sociology and Social Work Department: Social and Behavioral Scienecs - (Room 330, Bldg #65).

NAU BSW Program Video

Watch our video to learn more about the program.

NAU BSW Program Assessment