Your Future in Social Work

Social work addresses societal concerns and the well-being of people to ensure they have equal access to resources, services and opportunities. Social workers encourage change by striving to end discrimination, oppression, poverty and other forms of social injustice. They work in many different settings, including:

  • Child welfare and family service agencies
  • Community mental health or substance abuse treatment centers
  • Criminal justice systems and homeless shelters
  • Hospitals and other medical settings
  • Nonprofit, government or private human service programs
  • Retirement centers, nursing homes or other aging programs for older people and their families
  • School or community programs to meet the needs of children

What we offer

Our program will provide you with a solid foundation in the knowledge, skills and values necessary in the social work field and will prepare you for the required state licensing exam.

We also offer many opportunities to work with the community, practice skills, get involved in social work organizations and network from the beginning of your studies. As part of our curriculum, we have service learning projects in the introductory courses and practice courses that apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

Our faculty members are well-known researchers and practitioners with experience working in diverse areas, such as:

  • Aging
  • Child welfare
  • Mental health
  • Program evaluation
  • Relationship violence
  • Social welfare policy
  • Spirituality
  • Teenage pregnancy

Their research has been published in recognized journals and presented regularly at national conferences.

The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (1701 Duke Street, Suite 200; Alexandria, Va. 22314; telephone 703-683-8080). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in social work education.

What to expect

You'll need to apply for admission to the program in your sophomore year. Admission is competitive and based on your performance in prerequisite classes, essays and the completion of a degree plan by a faculty member. An interview may also be required.

The necessary coursework will help you gain the values and skills that are key to the profession and ensure that students are knowledgeable in areas such as:

  • Advancing human rights and social economic and environmental justice
  • Diversity and difference in practice
  • Engaging, assessing, interviewing and evaluating individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Ethics and professional behavior
  • Research
  • Social welfare policy

In addition to coursework, a one-semester internship at an approved practicum site is required. Internships could include working with women in a women's shelter, children, older adults, individuals experiencing relationship violence, or those battling AIDS, mental illness or chronic or acute illnesses.

The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.