Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

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How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a social work degree program?

If you're looking for an impactful career that is part of a growing industry, look no further than a degree in social work. The University's Bachelor of Social Work curriculum gives students a rich overview of subjects that inform modern social work practice, such as social work research, micro and mezzo systems, human development and social welfare history. Additional requirements for the social work major may include courses such as cultural anthropology, sociology and microeconomics.

Learning outcomes

With your BSW degree you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct yourself accordingly
  • Apply Social Work ethical principles to guide professional practice
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective Social Work services
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice
  • Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

Field education experience

The field education program is a central component of the BSW program. It contributes to the attainment of the program goals by developing, implementing, and monitoring generalist practice opportunities for students to demonstrate core social work competencies in a local agency or organization. Through this experience, you will gain an understanding and recognition of what it means to be a professional social worker.

Learn more about the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work prepares effective and ethical social workers who challenge injustice and promote a more humane world. 

Careers with a degree in social work

The University of Nevada, Reno social work baccalaureate program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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