Social work is a helping profession which leads the development, provision and evaluation of social services. Social work is both an academic and an applied discipline that relies on values of service, social and economic justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, and integrity and competence in practice. The essence of social work is helping people, organizations and communities.
Social work strives to enhance human well-being and to alleviate poverty, oppression and social injustice while promoting respect for human diversity. The social work profession draws upon its own accumulated body of knowledge and skills, as well as the theories and findings of other social science disciplines. Among the social sciences, social work is unique in its emphasis on both the person and the social environment in a reciprocal relationship.
ENMU's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program follows the standards and guidelines of the Council on social work Education (CSWE) in preparing students to be competent, caring, ethical and effective social work practitioners. The BSW program obtained full accreditation from CSWE in October 2008. Students graduating from the BSW program may apply for BSW licensure and are eligible to take the licensing exam at the baccalaureate level. Graduates are also eligible to apply for advanced standing at graduate schools of social work.
The BSW curriculum is designed to provide the base of knowledge, skills and values necessary for competent and ethical generalist social work practice to those entering the profession, as well as those already practicing in social service settings. The curriculum is designed to help prepare students and practitioners for licensure and advanced study.
Social workers are licensed professionals in New Mexico and are found in a wide variety of practice settings including health and mental health, child welfare, community-based organizations, medical facilities, schools youth services, law enforcement, courts, corrections, the military, services to elders, and other social service providers.
The ENMU BSW program is designed to be a two-year course of professional study and fieldwork for students who want to become social workers. Students wishing to enter the program should be advised that the general degree requirements as established in the ENMU catalog must be met prior to graduation. Students who have not met general education requirements, who have not completed required upper-division coursework, or who have not completed necessary elective credit hours may be required to spend more than two years in the social work program at ENMU prior to achieving the BSW degree. Students should also be advised that BSW classes are primarily delivered on evenings in a videoconferencing + hybrid/web-enhanced model and will require a certain degree of technological proficiency with computers and the Internet. Students should finally take note that, although BSW courses are offered via a distance education format, some courses will require travel to the ENMU campus two to three times per semester. Additional degree requirements such as general education and recommended electives may also be unavailable using a distance education model and some travel to the ENMU campus may be required for degree completion. Field placement coursework may additionally require travel and/or completion of course requirements during regular working (daytime) hours.
Students considering a social work major should consult with a social work faculty advisor as early as possible in their academic career. Those wishing to declare the social work major/degree plan must submit an application and three reference letters to the social work program and meet with a social work faculty advisor prior to enrolling in social work classes.
The Bachelor of Social Work degree has a social work composite major and does not require a minor.
Courses strongly recommended within the General Education Requirements:
Social Work Course Requirements (61 hours).
Electives for SWK majors: Elective requirements for social work majors should be relevant to social work education. Due to the diverse nature of social work services and clients, the following disciplines and specific course offerings are highly recommended as electives for social work majors. Specific courses suggestions are listed below. Electives should be considered carefully with special attention paid to pre-requisite requirements for each course. Students are strongly advised to select electives in consultation with a social work faculty advisor.
The BSW Program additionally recommends that social work students take at least one year of Spanish. Two years is preferable. Other languages such as ASL, Native American languages, etc. are suggested as electives.
Social Work degree information from the 2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog is available online (begin on Page 102). Course descriptions begin on Page 174. Degree plans are not official until they have been approved by the appropriate officials as identified in the respective catalogs.
Students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:
For more information about the social work program, please contact:
Program Director, instructor
ENMU Station 13
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
For more information about the social work field program, please contact:
Field Director, assistant professor
ENMU Station 13
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130