Degrees & Programs Offered

Undergraduate Degree Programs


B.A. in Social Work

Rooted in core social work values, generalist social work practitioners are educated to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, emphasizing the diversity and uniqueness of rural Alaska, as it interconnects with our global society.  

This program is committed to creating a community of critical thinkers dedicated to becoming competent, culturally grounded and environmentally conscious professionals engaged in lifelong learning and research that honors diverse ways of knowing. Students prepare for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities; to integrate the values and ethics of the social work profession into generalist practice and to apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments; to engage diversity in generalist practice to advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice; to understand biopsychosocial-spiritual and cultural functioning applied across all client systems; to conduct research and scholarship, with an emphasis on the circumpolar North that contributes to individual and community well-being, and to become global citizens who advocate for and promote environmental sustainability.


Did you know that UAF's social work degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation? Learn more about what this means for your education below!





As part of your senior year coursework you’ll have the opportunity to work with individuals, groups and communities in a social service agency and complete a 400-hour practicum. You’ll work under the direct supervision of an agency social worker who teaches, guides and monitors your direct practice experience.



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Featured Course

SWK F440      Social Work Practice with Military Families
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Explores the history and roles of social work with military families. Ethical concerns that emerge from social work practice with military families are addressed. Military social workers' roles in mental health programs, family advocacy, program administration and policy-making are examined. Addresses issues that affect military families during deployment times.


Have you chosen your minor? The very interdisciplinary nature of the College of Liberal Arts means that you have so many options when it comes to tailoring your degree program so that it is just right for you. Here are some minors that students have paired with a B.A. in Social Work:


Minor in Social Work

Minor in Social Work





CSWE Accreditation


UAF's social work degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Board of Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. 

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.