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Bachelor of Social Work

Degrees Offered

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,Lora_Shields4148Edit_sm-2 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 the 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 – three academic semesters.


Social Work

Social Work Undergraduate Requirements

Undergraduate course catalog: Social Work

The New Mexico Highlands undergraduate catalog outlines your options and the steps you need to take to complete degree requirements for your chosen major. To ensure the seamless completion of your degree, consult often with your academic adviser and utilize Highlands’ Degree Audit tool to keep track of your academic progress.

Social Work Graduate Requirements

Graduate course catalog: Social Work

Graduate students are assigned to a faculty adviser within their area of study. The faculty adviser will help the student complete a program of study to satisfy the specific course requirements within their area, outlined in the Graduate Catalog.  The courses listed must satisfy the course requirements prescribed in the catalog of record. The academic adviser will provide guidance in completing your program of study.

Important Dates

  • 21


    Last Day to Register for Spring Classes

  • 23


    Spring Classes - Last Day to Drop with No Grade

  • 11


    Mid-Term Exams


Graduates of the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work can be found in the following occupations:

  • Social Worker
  • Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
  • Sociologist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist


Social Work

Faculty & Staff

Facundo Valdez School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff


The New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents approved, on December 17, 2015, a change in the name to the School of Social Work to honor the founder of the School, Facundo Valdez. The mission of the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work is to educate students to practice social work competently with the diverse, multicultural populations of New Mexico and the Southwest. This context of cultural and regional responsiveness informs the school’s creation and implementation of all its educational programs.

The School has a primary commitment to Hispanic and Native American people. Our curriculum grounds students in core professional social work values and skills and ethical principles and promotes a focused awareness and respect for cultural differences and how poverty affects the well-being of people in the region.