Welcome to the Department of Social Work
UTEP is located on the US-Mexico border across the border from its sister city of Cd. Juarez, Mexico. It forms the largest international metroplex in the world, with a combined population of over 2 million residents. This bi-national and bi-cultural community gives our students a unique perspective on social work. The Department of Social Work is committed to educate culturally competent practitioners. By combining classroom work, simulation technology and practicum fieldwork in social service agencies in El Paso, Texas and the region, UTEP students graduate with the skills and knowledge to practice social work in a wide variety of settings.
The UTEP Department of Social Work administers two degree programs. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares students for generalist practice. Over 70-75 students are actively enrolled in the BSW Program. The Master of Social Work (MSW) prepares students for advanced practice with a concentration in Social Work in the Border Region. The MSW Program has 70–80 students actively enrolled in the program.
The UTEP BSW and MSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The Department of Social Work Stands for Social Justice
We, the members of the Department of Social Work from the proud multicultural and binational community in El Paso, Texas, stand for Social Justice and support our sisters, brothers, and nonbinary companions in the face of oppression, systemic racism, violence, and brutality. Social Justice is a core social work value and it demands that all social workers, whether practitioner, academic, or researcher, uphold our Code of Ethics by taking deliberate actions to ensure that justice and equity exist in all communities. Social workers understand the history of oppression that has led black, brown, and all oppressed people to feel unsafe in their own country. As social workers, from a minority community, we work to dismantle oppressive institutional policies and practices while advocating for vulnerable and oppressed groups. As social workers, it is our duty and responsibility to address racism and all forms of social injustice by supporting and advocating for positive social change, a change where all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, age, ability, genetic information, veteran status, or immigration status can live in peace without fear of oppression or discrimination.