Social Work

Be an Advocate for Social Justice

Union Institute & University’s major in Social Work prepares you for generalist practice with individuals, groups, communities, and organizations. Proudly accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), our degree program applies a real-world approach and on-the-job training experience through a combination of online & fieldwork. You will form close mentoring relationships with our experienced social work faculty and practitioners and gain an in-depth understanding of the clinical processes, generalist methods, and interventions used in public and private sector, community-based organizations.

Benefits & Careers of our Social Work Graduates

Union’s Social Work program helps you build connections with licensed, experienced social work faculty and field practitioners. We allow our students to attain training experience through completion of social work field practicum near your home so you can apply leadership skills for professional generalist social work practice and advocacy. We also provide professional advising from licensed social work program faculty who guide, mentor, coach, and counsel students from the beginning of their online degree program through graduation.

  • Social services
  • Child welfare
  • Health Professionals
  • Youth and education
  • Medical Workers
  • Mental health
  • Addiction Specialists
  • Long-term care
  • Corrections Workers
  • Juvenile justice

 Focused on

 Social Justice & Change

Union empowers our social work students to apply professional knowledge, skills, ethics, and values for generalist social work practice with an emphasis on social justice and social change. A social work education emphasizes core competencies related to human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, multicultural social work, human diversity, social and economic justice, social work ethical standards, strengths-based practice, and research.

Skills & Benefits Union Students Gain

  • Express and interpret ideas clearly using a variety of written, oral, and/or visual forms.
  • Use different modes of disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry to explore ideas and issues from multiple perspectives.
  • Express ethical and social implications in social, professional, artistic, and/or scholarly practice.
  • Articulate a perspective on power in the world and in the global community.

Social Work Structure & Courses

•  120 Credit Hours Program (minimum)
•  Full-time & part-time options
• January, May, and September start dates
• Up to 90 semester hours in transfer credits
  • From Healthy to Ill and Vaccines to Epidemics
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    GBIO 225
  • Essential Topics in Psychology
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    GPSY 120
  • Understanding Our Social World
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    GSOC 101
  • Statistics for the Professional
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    GSTA 221
  • Introduction to Social Work
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    SOW 101
  • Special Topics 
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    SOW 190
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II
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    SOW 322
  • Generalist Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals
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    SOW 323
  • Generalist Practice II: Social Work Practice with Families
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    SOW 324
  • Ethical Issues in Social Work
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    SOW 327
  • Multicultural Issues in Social Work
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    SOW 329
  • Generalist Practice III: Social Work Practice: Communities and Organizations
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    SOW 345
  • Research Methods in Social Work I
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    SOW 370
  • Social Welfare Policy and Issues
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    SOW 425
  • Social Welfare Policy Analysis
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    SOW 450
  • Research Methods in Social Work II
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    SOW 470
  • Social Work Field Practicum I
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    SOW 487
  • Social Work Field Practicum II
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    SOW 488
  • Social Work Field Integrative Semina
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    SOW 489
  • Advanced Special Topics
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    SOW 490
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