Student guide

MA in Applied Sociology 

Social Work 


Bachelor of Social Work handbook 


The SW Program Student Rights and Responsibilities document details rights and expectations of social work students.

SW Program Performance Standards provide information on academic performance standards for admission, retention, and graduation.

The SW Program Performance Review Policy presents guidelines for academic:

  • performance review
  • retention
  • termination

SW Program Policy Exception Procedures provides procedures for students requesting an exception to a Social Work Program Policy.


The Social Work Program Coordinator is Natalie CawoodWilliam Pederson is the Yuma Site Coordinator.

Upon formal admission to the major, you will be matched with a social work faculty mentor.  You are expected to maintain regular contact with your mentor.  The faculty mentor will also help you:

  • complete your graduation papers
  • provide information about employment and/or graduate schools
  • offer recommendations, if requested

During early enrollment periods, you should make an appointment with your adviser to discuss, review, and plan your academic program for the upcoming semesters. 


Information for prospective and current undergraduate students

All students with a BSW Major and BSW students already admitted into the NAU Social Work Program are required to participate in mandatory advising every semester. Students cannot register for classes until they have met with an Academic Advisor each semester. During the advising session, the student and the academic advisor review the student’s progress through the program, discuss course prerequisites and co-requisites, and develop an academic plan for completion of degree requirements. The advising session is also utilized to inform students of deadlines and to explain the petition process in case a student wants to request a curriculum variance. Academic Advisors are also available for walk-in hours during specified times. These times are set aside for simple questions that do not require an individual advising appointment. Admitted NAU students may call 928-523-6540 or e-mail an advisor at to set up an appointment.   

In addition to the academic advisors, all BSW students admitted to the professional program are assigned a faculty mentor. The role of the faculty mentor is to provide career guidance, serve as an advocate, and help students problem solve. Prospective student advising and mentoring is also available. 

If you plan on transferring from a community college or other university or college, you may contact an Academic Advisor for unofficial course evaluation. Engaging in this process will enable students to make informed decisions about the best time to transfer to NAU’s Social Work Program.

Further information about the SBS Academic Services and Advising office can be found on their webpage at 


Social Work student handbook 

Degree progression plan 

Social Work advising worksheet