Welcome to the Department of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa

Social Work

Why Choose Social Work at   UNI?


As a student-centered learning community, the Department follows the established core social work values of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competency.

When you come to UNI, expect to be challenged and stimulated as you develop the knowledge needed to become an effective agent for social change. Here at UNI, we thrive on diversity: In our facuty, in our students, and in our curriculum.The department of Social Work is a tight-knit community.



"Progress is not automatic; The world grows better because people wish that it should, and take the right steps to make it better."

- Jane Addams

A major advantage of UNI is the ability to work closely with the faculty and your peers in small classes, while receiving individualized attention. An education from the University of Northern Iowa provides you with the essential skills and knowledge to help people rediscover their strengths and resiliency as they transform their lives. Our programs also prepare you to take action in program and policies at local, national, and even global levels.

We offer the following degrees to educate students at both the generalist and advanced levels:

Trauma Informed Care

 What is Trauma-Informed Practice?

At UNI, the curriculum is centered around a trauma-informed perspective. Recognizing and understanding the significant roles that psychological trauma and human rights violations play into a range of issues will provide you with a unique advantage as you assist individuals and work to improve service delivery systems.
Field placements are also an important component of our programs. The Office of Field Instruction coordinates and supports graduate and undergraduate internships in a wide variety of local and regional agencies.

 Useful Links:

MSW Guide