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Why Choose Our Social Work Program?

 CPS Social Work Graduate Gives Spring Commencement Speech

"The remarkable growth and success of our spring 2022 commencement speaker, Gabriela Medina is expected of every student in our Social Work Program. "Gabby" came to UHD for a second chance at a college education. She found a home in our Social Work Program, and a place to become a dedicated and determined force for good! Supported at every turn by social work faculty and staff, Gabby is now prepared to work as a professional Social Worker; ever grateful for a future filled with care, concern, and hard work for the wellbeing of others. Hear more about her story below and follow in her footsteps! Your community needs you now more than ever."

~ Dawn McCarty, Professor and Director, UHD Bachelor of Social Work Program

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​Bachelor of Social Work​


The Mission of UHD's Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare entry-level social workers for evidence-based, justice-oriented, generalist practice in an urban environment. 


Preparing Social Workers to address 21st century issues in the global environment. 


​The BSW program at UHD focuses on preparing a generalist social worker so that upon graduation the student is prepared to work with clients in a variety of settings. Social workers operate in school, hospital, mental health, juvenile justice settings, and more performing tasks such as case management, client advocacy, and counseling.​

The program goals are:​

  1. ​​​To provide access to social work education to students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses, and prepare students for future professional development and graduate study. 

  2. To educate entry-level practitioners to the social work profession with an emphasis on its unique history, values, and ethical base. ​

  3. To prepare baccalaureate-level social workers for culturally-sensitive, generalist practice in an interconnected world. 

  4. To promote understanding of urban and global​ social problems while preparing professional social workers to empower, advocate and otherwise meet the needs of marginalized populations and work for organizational and social change. 

Degree Information

The following four year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.


Spanish-Track Option​

Social​ Workers Are Heroes

Last updated 6/15/2022 2:43 PM