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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Programs


Sociology Major Program of Study

Sociology Minor Program of Study

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at UNF offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in sociology. Within the major, the program also offers a concentration in social research for students who are interested in careers in data analysis and research.

The sociology program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of society, its structures, and the intricate dynamics that shape human behavior. Through a diverse range of courses, students delve into the core theories and methodologies of sociology, equipping them with the analytical tools necessary to critically examine and interpret social phenomena. With a focus on cultivating a sociological imagination, students explore topics such as social inequality, race and ethnicity, gender, family dynamics, and global perspectives. By immersing themselves in rigorous research and engaging in thought-provoking discussions, students develop the skills to analyze complex social issues, identify patterns, and propose meaningful solutions. Additionally, the program fosters a deep appreciation for cultural diversity and encourages students to recognize their own social positionality, nurturing empathy and a commitment to social justice. As sociology majors, students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to become informed citizens, agents of change, and leaders who contribute positively to the communities they serve.

Sociology Careers

A sociology degree opens up a wide array of career paths that empower students to make a meaningful impact on society. Graduates can pursue diverse professions across various sectors, including social services, human resources, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, education, and more. Students who choose the concentration in social research can embark on careers in market research, data analysis, or consulting,

Many sociology majors choose to continue their education, and pursue graduate training to become social workers, counselors, policy analysts, or statisticians.



Anthropology Major Program of Study

Anthropology Minor Program of Study

The Anthropology Program seeks to provide a greater understanding of humankind from a holistic perspective. To account for the complexity of humankind anthropologists focus on: 

  1. Cultural adaptations and diversity in the past (archaeology);
  2. Socio-cultural institutions and symbolic constructs in a cross-cultural perspective (socio-cultural anthropology);
  3. The origin, nature, and uses of human language (linguistics); and
  4. Human biological evolution and variation (physical anthropology).

Anthropology utilizes theories and methods from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities, to examine humankind.

The program is strongly committed to excellence in undergraduate education and faculty scholarship achievements. Anthropology helps prepare students to actively apply their knowledge and skills to the challenges of living in an increasingly interconnected, diverse global society by exposing them to a systematic, scientific, and humanistic understanding of people and their cultures, including their own.

The program strives to achieve excellent teaching, scholarship, and public relevance. It does so with the support of the University and the local community and by engaging in self-reflection that leads to apt and pertinent changes.

Anthropology Student Handbook 

Helpful Anthropology Links

American Anthropological Association
AAA is a flagship organization for anthropologists in the United States. They maintain a comprehensive list of links.

Social Work

BSW Program of Study

Mission & Goals

The mission of the University of North Florida (UNF) Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is to prepare students with the generalist knowledge, values, and skills to provide effective social work services to diverse client systems in a variety of practice settings. Our curriculum is designed to enhance students' understanding of and sensitivity to economic and social inequalities and foster commitment to serving and advocating for the well-being of those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed.

In accordance with our mission, the BSW program aims to:

  • offer a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and informed by state of the art social work knowledge that prepares students for effective generalist social work practice with diverse clients systems in a variety of practice settings;
  • enhance students' understanding of and sensitivity to economic and social inequalities, fostering commitment to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed;
  • prepare students to engage self-critically in practice evaluation as well as lifelong personal and professional growth through the development of research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and
  • socialize students to the values and ethics of the social work profession.

Program of Study

The UNF BSW Program is limited access program, admitting a cohort of 40 students on an annual basis for the fall semester of each academic year. Admitted students may opt for a two-year full-time or a three-year part-time Program of Study. All required social work courses are offered on campus during the day. Some diversity or major elective courses may be available at night or online. More information regarding the program academic requirements, policies, and procedures may be found in the BSW Student Handbook, which is available upon request.

Admissions Criteria

Students who wish to be admitted to the UNF BSW program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Acceptance to UNF;
  • An AA from a public Florida college or university or successful completion of UNF general education requirements; students transferring to UNF without an AA must have 60 credit hours;
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5;
  • Completion of 15 hours of common prerequisites (listed below) with a C or better;
  • Successful participation in a panel interview conducted on campus by a committee of Social Work and Sociology faculty and community partners; and,
  • Acceptable performance on a writing assessment administered on campus and reviewed by a committee of Social Work and Sociology faculty.

Prior to being admitted to the BSW program, students must successfully complete 15 hours of state-mandated common pre-requisites with a C or better. Select one course in each of the following disciplines (UNF course offerings are listed; equivalent courses from other institutions are also acceptable):

  • POS 2041 Introduction to American Government
    • Political Science (3 credit hours)
  • Human Biology (3 credit hours)
    • BSC 1005C Principles of Biology
    • BSC 2085C Anatomy & Physiology I BSC 1010C General Biology I
  • Psychology (3 credit hours)
    • PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology
  • Sociology (3 credit hours)
    • SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology
  • Economics (3 credit hours)
    • ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics

Application Process

Applications will soon be accepted for the BSW program for the 2024-2025 academic year, and applications are due February 9, 2024. The following steps outline the application process and important dates and deadlines.

  1. Step 1: Apply (Deadline: February 9, 2024)

    Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, 60 hours of college/university credit, (junior standing), and the required prerequisites completed by the beginning of fall 2023.

    • If you are a current UNF student who meets these requirements, you will need to meet with your academic advisor to ensure that you have both declared Social Work as your major and that you have been referred for consideration by the BSW Admissions Committee by February 9, 2024. Declaring your major as Social Work does not guarantee admittance; this will generate a referral that the BSW Admissions Committee will review.  
    • If you are a transfer student and will meet these requirements, you should declare Social Work as your intended major when you apply to UNF. Your completed application, including all transcripts, is due no later than February 9, 2024. Upon completing your application, a referral will be forwarded by UNF Enrollment Services to the BSW Admissions Committee for consideration.
  2. Step 2: Initial Review of Applications

    The BSW Admissions Committee will review applications with an eye to completion of the program prerequisites and the strength of students' academic records (as indicated by GPA). Students who meet the minimum requirements and prerequisites (or will have met them by fall 2024) and whose academic records show sufficient merit will be given the opportunity to continue through the application process. All applicants will be emailed their application status by March 8, 2024.

  3. Step 3: Admission Interview and Writing Assessment

    The second step of the application process is a mandatory interview and writing assessment conducted on the UNF campus. These allow us to gain insight into students' preparation and suitability for social work as a profession and their oral and written communication skills. The session will include a group interview with up to six applicants and at least two faculty and/or professional social workers, and a writing assessment conducted in a computer lab. Applicants who require reasonable accommodation due to a documented disability must let us know in advance. All interviews and writing assessments will be conducted on Monday, March 25, 2024. No make-up interviews will be scheduled.

  4. Step 4: Notification of Admission

    Applicants who interviewed for BSW program admission will be notified of decisions via email by April 16, 2024. Applicants will be admitted, declined, or placed on a wait list and informed of their wait list rank. Admitted students must confirm their intent to enroll in the BSW program for fall 2024 by submitting their Enrollment Form by April 26, 2024, and must commit to attend the BSW New Student Orientation in August 2024 (Date, Time, & Location TBA). Failure to do either may result in forfeiture of one's place in the program.

  5. Step 5: Wait List Admissions

    Wait-listed applicants will be admitted as space becomes available. Applicants who are wait-listed and do not wish to be considered for admission should let us know that as soon as possible.

  6. Step 6: Mandatory BSW New Student Orientation

    All students admitted to the UNF BSW program must attend a half-day orientation. This is an important opportunity to learn about courses, discuss program expectations and policies, and meet faculty and fellow students. Orientation is typically held one morning the week prior to the start of the fall semester.

Field Education

All BSW students are required to complete 450 hours of field education during Year 2 of their program of study in an approved social services organization. Students must complete all required pre-requisites (SOW 3203, SOW 4101, SOW 3293, SOW 3403, SOW 4302, SOW 4102, SOW 4323, and one of the two approved diversity courses) with a "C" or better and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in their major in order to enroll in Field Education and Seminar courses. In addition to meeting these academic requirements, it is incumbent upon students to meet the eligibility criteria specified by placement agencies in order to secure a field education placement. Although criteria vary, agencies commonly require students to pass local, state, and federal background screenings as well as drug tests. Students who are not able to secure a placement due to a criminal history or the use of illicit substances will not be able to complete the BSW Program. More information about field policies and procedures may be found in the BSW Field Manual. Community social service agencies that are interested in hosting BSW students for fieldwork may complete the Field Education Host Agency Application and return it to the Field Education Director, Ross McDonough. Questions regarding Field Education should be directed to Professor Ross McDonough, LCSW, Field Education Director, at (904) 620-1653 or

CSWE Accreditation & Assessment

The UNF BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and revolves around the development of nine fundamental areas of practice competencies. These competencies are further defined by practice behaviors that students cultivate while in the BSW program as they prepare for future roles in the social work profession. The nine core competencies defined by the 2015 CSWE Educational Policies and Standards (EPAS) are:

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

The BSW Program utilizes multiple measures to assess the degree to which students master the core competencies of generalist social work practice as well as the quality of the learning environment in which the program of study is delivered.

For More BSW Program Information:

If you have any questions, email, or call (904) 620-2867.

Social Welfare

Social Welfare Minor

The Social Welfare Minor introduces students to social welfare policy and social service provision. Required courses afford students with the opportunity to learn about the laws and policies that inform social service delivery as well as develop fundamental skills for entry-level case management positions. Electives further prepare students for work with diverse client populations in a variety of settings. This minor is a good choice for students who are majoring in related health, social sciences, or education disciplines or considering attending graduate school to earn a Master of Social Work or Mental Health Counseling degree.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, Associate Professor of Social Work & Chair, at or (904) 620-1640.

Child Welfare

Child Welfare Minor

The Child Welfare Minor and Training Program is designed to prepare UNF students for child welfare practice upon graduation with a baccalaureate degree in a related discipline. By completing requisite courses and a practicum at a local community-based child welfare organization, students will be prepared to take the state pre-service certification exam upon graduation and assume employment immediately as a family service counselor. Family service counselors work in a case management capacity to support the safety and well-being of children and their families involved in the foster care system following allegations of abuse or neglect.

Program Benefits

Program participants will:

  • have access to a faculty mentor with extensive child welfare experience;
  • complete the pre-service employee training required by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) as a part of their academic coursework;
  • obtain field experience working at a community-based child welfare agency under the supervision of experienced child welfare professionals; and
  • be prepared to take the state pre-service certification exam required of all child welfare employees in the State of Florida.

 Program Requirements

Program participants must:

  • attest to never having been convicted of a felony crime or any crime involving harm to children;
  • attest to never having been discharged from employment at a county or other social services agency due to violation of county code/merit system rules or violation of agency or professional code of ethics;
  • maintain good academic standing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5;
  • adhere to the UNF Student Code of Conduct and all field placement agencies’ policies and procedures;
  • successfully complete required child welfare and field education courses with a “B” or better;
  • successfully complete a 150-hour practicum with an approved community-based child welfare agency; and
  • commit to taking the pre-service certification exam upon completion of program requirements.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, Associate Professor of Social Work & Chair, at or (904) 620-1640.