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 offered on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus and Online.  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.

Starting in January 2016, the BSW Degree Program will be offered online through Extended Campuses.

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

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: January 25

To apply:

  1. complete the social work online application. You will be required to input email addresses for 2 people writing letters of recommendation.
  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

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

NAU BSW Program Video

Watch our video to learn more about the program.

NAU BSW Program Assessment