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UI social work degree now available to undergraduates in central
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Once again, students in central Iowa can earn an
undergraduate degree in social work without traveling a hundred miles or
more to attend an accredited program. The University of Iowa School of
Social Work is now offering a bachelor of arts in social work in its Des
Moines Education Center.
The center will hold an open house Monday, Nov. 17 from 4-5:30 p.m.
for academic advisors, students, or area residents interested in the social
The bachelor's is being offered in cooperation with five central Iowa
colleges that have participated in the development of the program: Iowa
State University, Drake University, Grandview College, Simpson College,
and the Des Moines Area Community College.
"This will provide central Iowa with its only accredited bachelor
of social work program and will allow students to pursue their license
as a social worker in the state of Iowa without having to travel across
the state to attend class," said UI social work professor Tom Walz,
director of the Des Moines Center.
The social work courses will be taught by Walz and other UI professors
and will be supplemented by locally-recruited adjunct faculty with social
work practice expertise.
A bachelor's in social work prepares students for beginning professional
social work practice in public and private social services such as public
welfare, child welfare, health, mental health, elderly services, and corrections.
It also provides a base for graduate study in social work or allied professions.
The Des Moines Center is located at The United Way Building, 1111 9th
Street, Suite 220, in Des Moines. For 29 years, the center has offered
master's in social work degrees for central Iowa students.