Social Work Department

For those with a passion for working with other people

The mission of the social work profession is "to enhance human well being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty." Social work addresses the needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. The core values of the profession are service, social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.

St. Scholastica's social work program embraces the mission of the social work profession in the context of the College's Benedictine tradition. The program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, requires graduates to be well prepared for beginning generalist professional practice.

  • The Social Work Program will provide students with the analytical and substantive knowledge essential for beginning generalist social work practice.
  • The Social Work Program will foster the mission of the college and the values from our Benedictine heritage - community, hospitality, respect, stewardship, and love of learning.
  • The Social Work Program will provide continued preparation of students for graduate education.

The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Program prepares students in the generalist social work method emphasizing beginning practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. The Social Work Program is guided by the liberal arts tradition of the college and integrates a humanistic, equalitarian philosophy with rigorous, sequential academic programming.

Locations and formats

Because different learners have different needs, we offer our Social Work program in several formats and locations. Our traditional day program at our Duluth campus  is a full-time, residential college experience. Our accelerated evening and weekend programs are designed to meet the needs of adults with a variety of commitments, including work, family and other obligations.

We offer a traditional day program at our main campus in Duluth.

Earn your B.A. in Social Work from St. Scholastica at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. This program is offered in a blended format, with weekly online classes and twice-a-month on-campus classes on Friday afternoons and evenings and on Saturdays, enabling people who are working full time and/or living in northern MN or WI rural or tribal communities to earn their degree in two years.

Admissions criteria

We accept students who have earned between 59-71 eligible transfer credits. We prefer that students have completed the MN Transfer Curriculum or an A.A. degree AND have completed all required lower-division courses in preparation for the social work major.

The College of St. Scholastica and your community college have a special transfer agreement in place to accept students with an A.A. or A.S. degree, with a concentration in Human Services. Ask about this easy transfer process.

Admissions priority will be given to student applicants in the following order:

  1. Students who have completed both an A.A. and A.A.S. degree in Human Services through FDLTCC.
  2. Students who have completed an A.A. degree through FDLTCC.
  3. Students who lack no more than eight credits to complete their A.A. or A.A.S. degree through FDLTCC.
  4. Students who have completed a minimum of an A.A. or A.A.S. at another institution.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information.

Earn your B.A. in Social Work in a mostly online format. This new option allows students to take required coursework online and participate in two, four-day intensive visits in the Brainerd Lakes area. This degree can be completed in 16 months. 

This program includes opportunities to delve deeper into the profession through extended internship practice, involvement in community projects and opportunities to participate in international service-learning trips to Mexico and Jamaica to practice social work and explore social justice concerns.

Admissions criteria

We accept students who have earned between 59-71 eligible transfer credits. We prefer that students have completed the MN Transfer Curriculum or an A.A. degree AND have completed all required lower-division courses in preparation for the social work major.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information.

Earn your B.A. in Social Work at Inver Hills Community College. Students may choose from a 16-month track or a 2-year track that includes a summer break. Courses are delivered in an accelerated evening format and meet on campus on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Admissions criteria

We accept students who have earned between 59-71 eligible transfer credits. We prefer that students have completed the MN Transfer Curriculum or an A.A. degree AND have completed all required lower-division courses in preparation for the social work major.

The College of St. Scholastica and your community college have a special transfer agreement in place to accept students with an A.A. or A.S. degree, with a concentration in Human Services.  Ask about this easy transfer process.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information.

Earn your B.A. in Social Work at Riverland Community College. With a hybrid format that combines online classes with occasional in-person meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Riverland Community College (RCC) in Austin, and a seamless transfer program, students can complete their degree in just 16 months. Courses are delivered in an accelerated evening format and meet on campus on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and occasional Saturdays.

The “2 Plus 2” degree will offer Riverland students a seamless pathway from a two-year associate’s degree to a four-year bachelor’s degree. The College of St. Scholastica is an independent Catholic Benedictine college based in Duluth and has several other extended-site degree programs around the state.

The social work program will accept students from all three Riverland campuses — in Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna — who hold the two-year associate of arts degree.

Admissions Criteria

We accept students who have earned between 59-71 eligible transfer credits. We prefer that students have completed the MN Transfer Curriculum or an A.A. degree AND have completed all required lower-division courses in preparation for the social work major.

The College of St. Scholastica and your community college have a special transfer agreement in place to accept students with an A.A. or A.S. degree, with a concentration in Human Services.  Ask about this easy transfer process.

Social Work Transfer Guide for Riverland Community College.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information.

Contact

Michele Sneed, MSW, LGSW
Assistant Professor
Riverland Community College, Austin
East Building, C-140
(218) 625-4864
msneed@css.edu

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Contact us

Lee Gustafson, Dept. Chair, Ph.D.

The College of St. Scholastica
School of  Health Sciences
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) - 723 - 7048
E-mail: Lgustaf3@css.edu

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