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Criminal Justice Department Objectives:

Criminal Justice General Information
At least 15 hours (5 courses) of upper division credit in criminal justice must be taken from UNK.


Social Work Department Mission Statement

The Social Work Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare competent professionals who are equipped with generalist social work knowledge, skills, ethics and values to promote the dignity and wellbeing of all people within in a multicultural society.

Social Work Department Goals:

  1. Equip students with core competencies for beginning generalist social work practice that enables them to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  2. Prepare students for lifelong learning and the application of critical thinking to guide professional decision-making by combining a liberal arts foundation with social work education.
  3. Prepare students to develop a professional identity, which will incorporate the knowledge, skills, values, and ethical principles of the social work profession that are crucial for the advancement of human rights, and economic and social justice.
  4. Prepare students for evidence-based practice with diverse and marginalized populations.
  5. Prepare students as beginning social work generalist practitioners who are engaged in research informed practice and practice informed research.

The Social Work Department is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The department does not grant academic credit for life experience or previous work experience.


Two options are available in this major:

  1. Criminal Justice Comprehensive Option - Bachelor of Science Degree
  2. Criminal Justice Option - Bachelor of Science Degree

The Criminal Justice minor is available for students pursuing majors in other disciplines.

Courses with the prefix CJUS are offered by the department.


One option is available in this major:

  1. Social Work Comprehensive - Bachelor of Science Degree

The Social Work minor is available for students pursuing majors in other disciplines who wish to work in field human services/helping professions.

Courses with the prefix SOWK are offered by the department.

28 Apr 2010