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 hybrid format, with weekly online classes and twice-a-month on-campus classes on Friday afternoons and evenings and on Saturdays.
Depending on the number of college transfer credits, students may complete the program on a full-time basis in three or four semesters.  Full or part-time options are also available.

Admissions criteria

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. Student 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. Student 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 at Central Lakes 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.

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.

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 two years. 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.

Social Work Transfer Guide for Riverland Community College.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information.

Contact

Lee Gustafson, Ph. D. MSW, LISW
Chair, Social Work Dept.
(218) 723-7048
lgustaf3@css.edu

As one of the only B.A. in Social Work programs in the Valley designed to meet the needs of working adults, flexibility is our specialty. With a hybrid format that combines online classes with in-person meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Mesa Community College, Southern & Dobson campus, and a seamless transfer program, students can complete their degrees in just two years.

Through small class sizes and personalized learning plans, students get the personal attention they need to master the material. Pair that with 570 hours of field experience throughout the Phoenix area, and students will be fully prepared to make a difference from day one.

Two cohorts: Mesa Community College offers two starts — in the fall and spring. Deadline for spring 2017: Nov. 19, 2016, deadline for fall 2017: Aug. 1, 2017.  

Office directions

Social/Cultural Science Building SC #72

Campus directions

Admissions criteria

The College of St. Scholastica has a partnership with Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) that allows students to transfer 100 percent of their credits (excluding preparatory, technical, or below "C" courses) towards St. Scholastica's bachelor's degree programs.

Social Work Transfer Guide for Maricopa Community Colleges.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information. 

Contact

Lisa Aguilar, Campus Manager/Admissions Counselor
(480) 620-6241
laguilar@css.edu

Marcia Runnberg, Program Coordinator
(877) 287-8753
mrunnber@css.edu

As one of the only B.A. in Social Work programs in the Valley designed to meet the needs of working adults, flexibility is our specialty. With a hybrid format that combines online classes with occasional in-person meetings at Phoenix College and a seamless transfer program, students can complete their degrees in just two years.

With a hybrid format that combines online classes with in-person meetings on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at Phoenix College and a seamless transfer program, students can complete their degrees in just two years.

The first Phoenix College cohort will begin this fall. Priority application deadline is April 15, and the final application deadline is August 1.

Office directions

Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
A Building, #107
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Admissions criteria

The College of St. Scholastica has a partnership with Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) that allows students to transfer 100 percent of their credits (excluding preparatory, technical, or below "C" courses) towards St. Scholastica's bachelor's degree programs.

Social Work Transfer Guide for Maricopa Community Colleges.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information. 

Contact

Lisa Aguilar, Campus Manager/Admissions Counselor
(480) 620-6241
laguilar@css.edu

Marcia Runnberg, Program Coordinator
(877) 287-8753
mrunnber@css.edu

More information for . . .

Prospective Students | Duluth

Prospective Students | Other locations

Current Students

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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