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Social Work B.S.W.

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    Social Work B.S.W.

    Discover the world of possibilities that accompany a social work degree. Social workers create change on a broad scale by advancing the well-being of children, families and those coping with serious illness. Social workers enhance human well-being by helping people overcome life’s challenges.

Explore a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Alaska Anchorage

One of only two Bachelor of Social Work degree programs in Alaska, UAA’s B.S.W. program provides structure, support, instruction and advising to prepare you for an entry-level, professional social work career or graduate school opportunities.

Scholarships and financial aid
As a social work major, you may qualify for program scholarships, such as the Dove Kull Social Work Scholarship, or departmental, university-wide and private scholarships. You can also work on campus in student life, peer support and other offices to earn money and gain leadership experience. Learn more about financial aid at UAA.

Faculty advisors
Program faculty provide academic and professional advising to guide you through the B.S.W. degree program. Faculty also offer opportunities for undergraduate networking, with connections to peer universities and communities, contributing to your overall professional and early career development.

Social work groups and activities
With more than 100 student clubs to choose from, you can get involved with groups and activities that match your professional and personal interests. Join the UAA Social Work Student Coalition, UAA’s student chapter of the National Association of Social Workers or the Epsilon Chi chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Honor Society of Social Work.

Social Work B.S.W.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Other program options: Minors in social welfare, children's mental health services

Did you know..

UAA B.S.W. majors traditionally perform above the national average on the Area Concentration Achievement Test for social work and Social Work Education Assessment Project exams.

What can you do with a social work degree from UAA?

Social workers provide prevention and intervention services for people, groups and communities while building diverse and inclusive populations and environments. Careers in social work are expected to increase 22% in Alaska by 2022, which is much higher than other career paths, making Alaska one of the states with the highest demand for trained professionals in the social services, health care and mental health care sectors.

Social work graduate programs

Social work careers
The Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Alaska Anchorage prepares you for entry-level positions leading to advancement and leadership roles. Social work careers and employment opportunities include:

  • Mental health specialist case manager
  • Developmental disabilities early intervention coordinator
  • Homeless outreach and engagement coordinator
  • Youth development or after-school services professional
  • Child welfare or family support professional
  • Substance use treatment specialist
  • Interpersonal violence intervention specialist
  • Health care coordinator
  • Police liaison

By the numbers..

90%
UAA social work alumni who are either employed or accepted into graduate school by the time they graduate.
UAA Department of Social Work

Social work bachelor’s degree program highlights

Channel your natural capacity for empathy and compassion, and combine it with hands-on experiences in and out of the classroom. In UAA’s School of Social Work, you’ll develop the skills you need to build a successful career helping others.

  • Join a student-centered, cohort program. Learn the art of leading critical conversations with fellow students while supporting each other’s success and professional development.
  • Receive instruction and training from faculty with advanced practice experience in clinical social work, social administration or social action. UAA faculty address Alaska’s most challenging social issues, such as homelessness, interpersonal violence, severe and persistent mental illness and HIV prevention.
  • Learn from Alaska’s best. UAA’s talented faculty are highly experienced and educated practitioners who bring their passion for problem-solving to the classroom. Learn from those who are positively impacting Alaska’s families and communities.
  • Conduct undergraduate, community-based research with faculty who hold doctoral degrees from leading research universities in the U.S. You can pursue individual interests and develop research skills through faculty-led projects, coursework and independent studies.
  • Work in a community agency during a senior-year internship. Gain hands-on, practical experience in social services while completing a highly rigorous internship under the supervision of an experienced social worker.
  • Develop practical job skills through service learning and civic engagement. UAA social work majors are actively engaged in social issues while preparing for their future through direct experience, professional development and networking opportunities
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Help organize and direct social action projects. The Student Social Work Coalition leads Project Homeless Connect, a one-stop shop for homeless youth services, and the coalition worked with the UAA community to get LGBT protection included in UAA’s discrimination policy.

Student Social Work Coalition
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Conduct an independent research project and fulfill other course requirements to graduate with departmental honors in social work.

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Funded by the Alaska Office of Children’s Services, the Child Welfare Academy offers undergraduate grant-funded research that provides specialized training for students focused on the development of strong families, client interviewing skills and service planning.

Child Welfare Academy

Social work bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Social workers operate at the intersection of diverse local and global issues. From poverty and homelessness to climate change and public health, UAA’s School of Social work will help you identify and anticipate emerging societal challenges. You will learn how to create plans to help people who are in crisis or require long-term supportive care, so you can serve your community as a strong advocate and social service provider assisting some of the most vulnerable and marginalized human populations in Alaska and beyond.

All coursework in the B.S.W. program at the University of Alaska Anchorage focuses on practical skills and incorporates service learning, community engagement, research, ethics and intensive writing.

Top classes for social work majors

  • Learn how environmental issues like climate change affect human populations, communities and households in Social Work and Sustainability.
  • Shape your career as a professional social worker by gaining direct experience in Field Education (Practicum).