Current Students | Social Work Department

Applying to the Social Work major (Duluth campus only)

Students interested in our traditional-model Social Work program on our Duluth campus must apply for admittance to the program during the second semester of their sophomore year.

Students enrolled in our Accelerated Evening programs do not need to complete this. Accelerated Evening students are accepted into the program at initial enrollment

Application information for Duluth campus students

What classes do I need to take?

Students are encourage to meet with their academic advisors to discuss any questions regarding course scheduling or major requirements. The course schema can be used as reference.

View the course schema (pdf)

Policies and procedures

The Social Work department maintains a student handbook of department policies and procedures

View the Student Handbook (pdf)

Professional licensing

Students graduating from our CSWE-accredited program are eligible to take state licensing exams at the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) level. 

Program Competency Assessment Report


The program curriculum is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching for School Social Worker Licensure. Students seeking licensure as a school social worker are required to take SWK 4555 Senior Field Practicum in a school setting under the supervision of a licensed school social worker, consisting of at least 400 contact hours during one school year.

Field experience

Intended social work majors in their freshman or sophomore year have the opportunity to experience what social workers do by enrolling in the Introduction to Social Work course, which includes community agency presentations, 15 hours of agency site visits and 40 hours of volunteer experience.

In the junior year, students participate in a 120 hour community agency internship. This unique feature of the CSS Social Work Program focuses on skill building and is designed to complement the required junior social work courses.

In the senior year, students complete a 400 hour field practicum that is more advanced than the junior internship. The senior field practicum integrates the skills, knowledge, theory and professional ethics and values necessary for beginning social work practice.

Information about our field program for students and community partners

Preparation for graduate study

Students obtaining their Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work at CSS are eligible for advanced academic standing in many graduate schools of social work within the U.S. This often reduces graduate school curriculum requirements to one year.

Sample Course Schedule

Freshman year

Basic Concepts and Principles of Sociology or Cultural Anthropology; Human Biology; First-Year-Composition or Argumentative and Research Writing; First-Year-Communication or Human Communication, Philosophy and electives.

Sophomore year

Introduction to Professional Social Work, General Psychology, Marginality and Diversity or Human Behavior of American Indians or other diversity classes; Religious Studies and electives.

Junior year

General Social Work Practice, Human Behavior, American Social Welfare Policy, Research Methods, Statistics; Social Work with Individuals and Families, Child Welfare or Psychosocial Aspects of Aging; Junior Field Placement and electives.

Senior year

Social Work with Groups; Social Work with Community Systems; Independent Professional Projects, Social Work Field Practicum; Contemporary Economic Issues or American Government; advanced writing course; and electives.

Border Trip 2013 Photos

Course descriptions

Course numbers and descriptions are currently being finalized and will be added soon. Check back for more information.

Advisory Council

Programs must establish and maintain close reciprocal and ongoing relationships with the social work practice community as part of the process of continuous evaluation of curriculum.”  (CSWE Accreditation/BSW Self Study Template, p. 14)

The Social Work Advisory Council exists to partially satisfy this CSWE requirement. More importantly, the Advisory Council helps model the sense of community from our Benedictine values. Members of the advisory council are field supervisors, agency representatives, program graduates, and current and past student representatives.

The advisory council meets a minimum of three times per academic year to provide feedback to the faculty regarding current practice issues. Faculty keeps the council informed of curriculum development needs, gate keeping concerns, faculty/staffing issues and program policy development.

The advisory council provides input on relevant community practice activities, curriculum development, and assists with student’s grievance issues. Members of the advisory council also serve on the Admissions Committee screening and interviewing new applicants to the major, also reaccreditations, and exit interviews.

Advisory Council Members Duluth Campus

Advisory Council Members Brainerd Campus