Dr. Valandra has a chapter being published in April 2018.


A Message from the School of Social Work

Faculty at the University of Arkansas, School of Social Work would like to offer reaffirmation of our School’s and our Profession’s core values of protecting individuals from physical and psychological harm and keeping families together when appropriate. As social workers, family reunification is always our top priority, unless egregious harm occurs within the family, because of the traumatic effects of separation on children across the life course. Furthermore, another hallmark of our profession is to consistently seek out opportunities to advocate and fight for underrepresented and oppressed individuals in our communities, state, country and across the globe.  To have a more just and equitable society everyone’s voice should be heard. However, we know that individuals who are disempowered are the least likely to speak up or be heard. As a result, we feel it is our duty to continue to encourage social work practitioners, students, and allies to continue holding and creating space so that marginalized groups can be heard.

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Prospective MSW students are invited to attend one of our regularly scheduled MSW Program Information Sessions. On-campus sessions include an overview of all program options, as well as admission requirements and application process.  Online sessions are offered for those interested in our Online Advanced Standing MSW program.  See the link below for upcoming session dates and how to register.

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Bachelor's in Social Work

Bachelor's in Social Work

The Baccalaureate degree in Social Work has been offered at the University of Arkansas since 1940. The School has one of the oldest undergraduate social work programs in the United States. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The undergraduate program has two primary education goals:

  • preparation for culturally competent, empirically based, multi-system, beginning level professional generalist practice across the life course

  • the preparation of students for continuing their professional growth and development after graduation.

In order to achieve its basic purposes, the faculty, students, staff, and agency field instructors are involved in a variety of teaching, research, and outreach activities that involve them in the life of the university, communities around the state, and at the national level.

Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

The mission of the University of Arkansas MSW program is to use the body of knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession to:

  • develop new social work knowledge through the conduct of research in the spirit of scientific inquiry and the use of new technologies, especially in the area of poverty reduction

  • educate competent and effective advanced leader/practitioners committed to fundamental social work values including service, social justice, integrity, the dignity and worth of every person, competence and human rights

  • apply research findings in outreach efforts through service and leadership in the development of social service delivery systems to improve the quality of life of poor and other vulnerable persons, families, groups, organizations and communities in Arkansas, nationally, and globally.