College of Social Work

The College of Social Work is dedicated to providing outstanding education and training to the professional social workers of tomorrow. Through education, research, and community engagement, the College of Social Work advances the transformation of policies, practice, and interventions to alleviate human suffering, enhance well-being, and promote social justice.


Neighbors Helping Neighbors

NHN is involved in promoting activities that increase the awareness of societal aging issues, provide service to older adults in the community, educate social work students and collaborate with community partners that will help to improve the quality of life for older adults and their families. It is important for the NHN program to bring together segments of the community to address the unmet needs of community-dwelling older adults to help them remain independent in their own homes and their community.

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Dixon Girls Forums

The Dixon Girls Forums encourage girls to seek positions of leadership and develop leadership skills during primary, secondary, college and post-college years through mentoring, support, and skill development. The goal is to encourage girls to self-identify as leaders throughout their lives.

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Bachelor of Social Work Student Association

The BSWSA represents the undergraduate student body in the College of Social Work and fosters the development of knowledge and skills needed for effective social work practice. The BSWSA provides opportunities for students to engage in student leadership, networking opportunities with peers, staff, and faculty, volunteer work, and community outreach with a variety of campus and community-based programs that interact with vulnerable and marginalized populations.

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Utah Criminal Justice Center

The Utah Criminal Justice Center is a collaborative partnership between the University of Utah and the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice that supports interdisciplinary research, teaching, and training in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice.

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Social Work

Social workers provide mental health services to individuals and communities across the United States. They work in family and child service agencies, hospitals, schools, criminal justice agencies, nursing homes, and other places, providing intervention, evaluation, and counseling services. If you want toenter this challenging but rewarding field, the Uā€™s Social Work (B.S.W.) program will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to professionally practice social work in a number of settings: a B.S.W. degree prepares students for immediate entry into human service positions across the country.

Student Experiences at the U

Additional academic opportunities for students include undergraduate research projects or learning abroad programs, allowing you to explore an idea or culture. If you want to get involved in your community both on and off campus, the College of Social Work has several clubs and community service organizations:

  • Bachelor of Social Work Student Association (a B.S.W. club)
  • Initiative for Transformative Social Work (ITSW, a group that diminishes power discrepancies and seeks to create equity in the College)
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN, a program that provides services to older adults)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the B.S.W. program are prepared to apply for a license to practice social work in the state of Utah or another area. Once licensed, students may follow a number of different career paths:

  • Child welfare
  • Public welfare
  • Gerontology
  • School social work (asa case manager or advocate)

Positions in healthcare are also possible:

  • Counselors
  • Program developers
  • Hospice care providers
  • Rehabilitators

Students can additionally find work in criminal justice or corrections:

  • Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Counseling

If you decide to attend graduate school, you can become a clinical mental health social worker, licensed clinical social worker, professor, or administrator.


Department Scholarships

Degrees offered

Social Work Major BSW
Social Justice Advocacy Certificate
Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate
Department of Social Work


CSBS has a number of advisors to assist you on your academic journey.

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CSBS has a number of advisors to assist you on your academic journey.

Please see contact info below for major-specific advisors.

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