Social Work Program

Impact lives.
Create positive change.
Enhance human well-being.


Social Work Program

Helping people lead better, more fulfilling lives.

Do you have an interest in helping and serving others? Then a degree in social work is right for you. 
The Social Work Program at UT Permian Basin prepares students to promote human and social well-being. Social Work students receive training in a number of areas including interviewing, assessment, problem solving, crisis intervention, community outreach, case management, and client advocacy.

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Why Social Work at UTPB?

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Small class sizes

Individual attention, increased participation, and better communication

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Student-focused faculty

Engaged professors to help you reach your goals


Internship placement

Entry-level experiences that mirror job duties

Why should I study Social Work?

If helping others overcome difficult challenges and improving their quality of life brings satisfaction to your life, then social work may be your calling! Social Work is all about understanding and striving to improve the lives of people in society.

What are my job prospects?

Social workers are employed in various professional agencies and organizations that advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. Our graduates fill positions in a variety of roles including: 

  • Case worker 
  • Mental health advocate 
  • Social and community service manager 
  • Clinical coordinator 
  • Family and child advocate 
  • Juvenile court liaison 
  • Marriage or family therapist 
  • Guidance counselor 

What kind of skills will I learn?

Students in the Social Work program learn a variety of skillsets that will carry them not only through the workforce, but through their personal lives including:  

  • Communication
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership  
  • Intervention
  • Assessment
  • Problem-solving 

Social Work Field Education

Field practicum is an exciting time for the student to explore their interest in the social work profession! Students will be matched with the agency of their interest as they apply skills and knowledge from the classroom into their professional roles.

Social Work Field Education

Core Values

The UTPB Social Work Program is guided by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, and the Council of Social Work Education educational polices and standards.

The following core, professional values are embraced by social workers throughout the profession:

  • Service 
  • Social justice 
  • Dignity and worth of the person 
  • Importance of human relationships 
  • Integrity 
  • Competence 

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