Social Work (B.S.S.W.)

Gain the knowledge, values and skills for generalist social work, with an emphasis on culturally responsive practice in rural communities.

Be the change. Work in an empower-oriented profession to help people improve their lives and communities. Through the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (B.S.S.W.), you'll be prepared to serve communities with special preparation for rural settings, lead from within the profession and pursue continued professional development.

Program Snapshot
Program type:
On-campus or online
Est. time to complete:
4 years (on-campus) or 2+ years (online)
Credit hours:
120 (on-campus) or 39+ (online)

Why Study Social Work at UND?

Choose Social Work if you're looking for a career with "meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of optimism" (NASW). UND's nationally-recognized and caring faculty, numerous "firsts" in distance education, and high profile in the state and region make us a great value and a great choice.

In addition to a social work major, students often pursue related academic minors:

Social work stands apart from other social science degrees in that most states license social workers at the bachelor's level. Only those who hold formal social work degrees can call themselves social workers.


The undergraduate program in Social Work, offering a Bachelors of Science in Social Work (B.S.S.W.) degree, has been accredited since 1974, when undergraduate accreditation first began. The Department of Social Work was re-accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 2014. The department continues to update its curriculum to adhere to revised standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education.