Social Work Department

student social work organizationThe mission of the Social Work department is to prepare competent professionals committed to advancing social justice, human rights and the dignity and worth of diverse individuals, groups, families and communities through generalist social work practice. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the program delivers competency-based instruction designed for students’ acquisition of core social work knowledge, values and skills. A unique combination of the social work major with a constellation of courses from multiple disciplines that complement the major culminates in graduates receiving the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.

Experience learning

Our social work majors serve as volunteers in the introductory course and later, as seniors, undertake more than 400 hours of field experience and intensive practice skills labs. You’ll not only develop skills for directly helping individuals but also for advocating on their behalf.

Career excellence

The BSW degree is a gateway to career fields such as child protective services, juvenile probation, substance abuse treatment, services to the aging and more. Our graduates are eligible for licensure throughout the U.S. In addition to entering professional employment upon graduation, many BSW graduates opt to complete an advanced degree, such as an MSW.

Degrees offered

Bachelor’s Program
(4-year degree)
Social Work Human Behavior Cluster
Social Service (for students who are not social work majors)

For complete details on the classes you’ll take and other considerations in earning your degree, please visit our online Undergraduate Bulletin at

What you’ll do at NMU

Throughout the program, students are exposed to the values and ethics that guide professional practice. The entry level to the profession of social work is generalist practice— providing services to clients directly. The generalist practitioner has the capacity to provide services across a broad range of client systems. They work with an array of problem situations and can apply a common or generic social work method across a variety of service systems within an eco-systems model, utilizing a strengths perspective. Although the curriculum certainly contains elements of preparation for such activities as planning, research, supervision and administration, the major skill preparation is for direct practice with clients. The curriculum also develops awareness of the need for continued professional development following graduation.


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