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Department Chair
Toni Jensen, DSW
(402) 465-2425
tjensen2 [at]

Program Director
Lisa Borchardt, MSW, LMHP, LCSW
(402) 465-2422
lborchar [at]

Social Work Degrees

Social justice requires social work. NWU prepares you for the work—and the career—that brings social justice to people, families and communities.

If you’re committed to a career and life of service, integrity, human relationships, competency and the worth and dignity of every person, then NWU is committed to you.

We use evidence-based practices to build your potential as a professional in the challenging and rewarding social work field. A social work degree from NWU will help you become a strong, mature, objective and responsible communicator.

As a social work major, you’ll develop your competence, confidence and independence as you work with your professors and classmates. Those same strengths will serve you well as you transition to working with colleagues and clients.

Get amazing results.

You’ll learn the competencies to intervene ethically and effectively with diverse people. And you’ll learn to use the best research to evaluate decisions and advance the profession.

About half of NWU social work graduates work in child, family or school social work. Others work in medical, mental and public health fields, including substance abuse. We also prepare you to pursue a graduate degree and become a licensed, clinical social worker.

Social Work faculty

NWU Social Work professors are experienced social work professionals with backgrounds in many aspects of the field, including grief counseling, disaster response, child protection, domestic violence, chronic stress, abusive care, psychodynamic theory, the courts and probation, sex offender interventions, social work for oncology and HIV/AIDS patients, and collaborations with Native Peoples. 


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    Social work professor named Faculty Mentor of the Year

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  • New Master of Social Work program gets to work

    New Master of Social Work program gets to work

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  • Tecla Nyamakope, Dean B. Stewart award winner

    Nyamakope honored for courageous journey from Zimbabwe to NWU

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  • Kerry Worley

    Gilman Scholarship sends two students to Rwanda

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  • Lisa Borchardt, Faculty Scholarship Presentation Award Recipient

    Faculty scholarship presentation addresses student-athlete grief

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  • James Perry has been honored for his work with an inmate outreach program that brings together NWU students enrolled in a criminal justice course with inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

    Inmate outreach earns professor “Love of Neighbor” award

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  • Sophomores Michaela Wells and Laurel Withee traveled to Flint, Michigan, to distribute 15,000 bottles of water over two days last summer.

    Students travel to Flint, Michigan to explore water crisis

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Amazing Professors

100% of all classes are taught by professors—not grad students. They know you, they know your goals and they're focused on your success.