The essence of social work is helping people, organizations and communities, and if that interests you, this program can help you turn your passion into a career. 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.

Our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program follows the standards and guidelines of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to prepare you to be competent, caring, ethical and effective social work practitioners.

Our curriculum is designed to provide the basic knowledge, skills and values necessary for competent and ethical generalist social work. We want to prepare you for licensure and advanced study.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

When it comes to financing your education, ENMU is here to help! Over 80% of our students receive some sort of financial assistance, and we can help you find out if you qualify for any grants, loans or scholarships.

Career Opportunities

In New Mexico, social workers are licensed professionals, 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
  • Military issues
  • Nursing homes
  • Private practice
  • Correctional facilities
  • Hospice

Faculty Advising

If you are considering a social work major, please consult with a social work faculty advisor as early as possible in your academic career. Our faculty are all familiar with program requirements, as well as the needs of the social work career field, and are committed to helping you succeed during and after you complete our program.

BSW Student Manual Field Instruction Manual


The BSW at ENMU is accredited by the CSWE. Eastern New Mexico University's social work program supports the tenets of the CSWE accreditation process and adheres to the National Association of Social Worker's (NASW) Code of Ethics. BSW students should become familiar with and comply to the provisions of the NASW Code of Ethics.

Additional Degree Information

You can find additional information about the Bachelor of Social Work degree, including the courses you will take when you're a BSW major at Eastern.


Melissa Hardin

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Instructor of Social Work

Office Location: Lea Hall (LH), Room 141

Phone: 575.562.4211