School of Social Work
The Social Work Program at UAA began in 1973 within the Department of Sociology. By 1976, the course work for a BSW was in place and the Board of Regents approved the BSW degree. In February 1994, the University Board of Regents approved the Master of Social Work degree curriculum.Learn More about the History of the School
UAA Alumni of Distinction 2016
Sammye Pokryfki - BSW '98, MSW '99
The School of Social Work prides itself on an impeccable academic and professional reputation as well as a dedication and strong commitment to supporting the student population. Social work is a profession committed to assisting individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and society as a whole in the improvement of the quality of life through the amelioration of social problems, equitable distribution of social resources, and client empowerment.
The School of Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). At UAA, you will receive a solid professional education in our BSW and MSW programs and will also experience a tremendous sense of collegial and student support.
The mission of the UAA BSW Program is to prepare generalist social workers who enhance human well-being and promote social and economic justice for people of all backgrounds, particularly those in Alaska. The purpose of the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Alaska Anchorage is to prepare graduates for beginning professional social work practice. Preparation for professional practice builds on a broad based liberal arts education accomplished through completion of General Education and major degree requirements.
The mission of the UAA MSW Program is to prepare advanced generalist social workers who enhance human well-being and promote social and economic justice for people of all backgrounds, particularly those in Alaska. Alaska's unique and rich multicultural populations, geographic remoteness, and frontier status allow the real potential for skilled social work professionals to make a profound impact on social and economic injustice in our state.
Child Welfare Academy
The Child Welfare Academy (CWA) trains and develops professional workers who work with Alaska children and families to assure children are safe and families are strong. CWA strives to be the training facility for Alaska social workers and child welfare professionals.
CWA underwent a name change from the Family and Youth Services Training Academy (FYSTA) to the Child Welfare Academy to better represent its commitment to new innovations in training, curriculum, and staff.Child Welfare Academy