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Students seeking a career that promotes social change, social action and respect of cultural and language differences and who wish to make a difference in improving the life of others, a career in social work begins at New Mexico Highlands University.
Social work is a career that provides students with the opportunity to work with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. The professional social worker makes a positive difference by empowering others to improve their lives.
Our B.S.W. program was first accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1974. The completion of the program requires 52 credit units of combined junior- and senior-level courses. Our B.S.W. curriculum prepares students for entry-level generalist practice, acquiring the skills and knowledge to work in public and private social service agencies. Alumni of our program have successfully acquired positions working in a variety of settings: mental health and health care, substance abuse programs, schools, child welfare, hospice, gerontology and many other fields of practice.
In addition, students are required to complete 448 hours of field practicum during the senior year. This experience provides an opportunity for students to gain direct work experience with a specific target population, integrating and applying classroom knowledge. The curriculum’s focus on multicultural practice provides students with the knowledge and understanding of cultural and ethnic differences as it influences role of the social worker.
Students who achieve high academic standards are eligible to apply to the school’s Advanced Standing M.S.W. honors program which allows students to complete the M.S.W. degree in two to three academic semesters.