Western New Mexico
Local views

of the

۰ Competitive tuition rates
۰ Low student-instructor ratio
۰ Weekend and evening classes
۰ Some classes partially on-line
۰ Intensive format
۰ Full or part-time enrollment
۰ Financial aid available for all students


The Department of Social Work seeks students who
          want to promote the wellbeing of people,
         enjoy assisting individuals, families, groups, networks, organizations, and communities to achieve life-enhancing goals,
         are committed to the ideal of social and economic justice for people of all cultures, and
         are motivated to effect changes.
 Application to the Department of Social Work at WNMU may be obtained by contacting

Beth Walker, LISW, EdD

Social Work Department Chair

Western New Mexico University

2055 State Road 602

Gallup, New Mexico 87301


 (505) 722-3389

Department of Social Work



Consortium agreements are now in place with these institutions:

UNM - Gallup

Dine College

Social Work


Licensed social workers are in demand all across New Mexico and in other states. A graduate of WNMUs BSW program is eligible to sit for the social work licensure exam immediately after graduation. Many graduates can enter a masters program (to obtain an MSW degree, and LMSW licensure) going into the second year, and completely skipping the first year.

 Social Work Jobs


Social workers are in demand and employed in a multitude of settings from federal, state, and county levels of government to a multitude of non-profit organizations. Social workers are in demand throughout the southwest. Salaries are competitive and generally include benefits like sick and vacation leave, health insurance and retirement options. Graduates of the social work program have been hired by a variety of employers, such as


Arizona, New Mexico and Tribal agencies

Battered womens shelters

Court mediation

Staff for elected officials

Behavioral health services

Mental health agencies and clinics

Substance abuse clinics and outreach

Shelters for the homeless


Social Work Professional Opportunities . . .


Child Protective Services

Juvenile Probation and Parole

Adult Protective Services

Hospitals and Hospices

Home health care agencies

Nursing homes

Case management services

Services for the developmentally challenged

Vocational rehabilitation settings

Public schools


Gallup, New Mexico


Silver City, New Mexico


Department of Social Work at WNMU


The goals of the Department of Social Work at WNMU are


         to prepare entry-level professional social work practitioners, and

         to prepare students for graduate social work education.


The Department of Social Work at WNMU is committed to the ideal that scholarship be conducted with the purpose of contributing to the development of applied solutions to the complex problems faced by all people, but in particular the culturally diverse populations of New Mexico and Arizona.


~ Financial Support ~

Title IV-E Stipend Program


Title IV-E program provides monies for students who plan to work for the State and Tribal Child Welfare agencies. Program is available to social work juniors and seniors who are interested in working for child protective service agencies within state or tribal entities. Students who qualify for the program receive financial assistance while earning their social work degree and make a commitment to become employed in the field of child protective services upon graduation. The length of time the student is required to work for a child protective agency is dependent upon the amount of financial aid received.



~ MSW now available ~


Please contact Beth Walker, Department Chair, for more information on the Masters in Social Work, coming soon to the Gallup campus. 575 538-6323 or walkerb@wnmu.edu. Or visit our website at http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/healthscience/socwk/EnterTitlMeMSW4.htm.