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Social Work

Fast Facts: Social Work

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Emphasizes core professional values of service, social justice, dignity and individual worth, relationship importance, integrity and competence
  • Provides a solid grounding in the liberal arts  combined with practical learning experiences, including 570 hours of required field practice
  • Prepares graduates for beginning generalist social work practice, so they can effectively address individual, family group, organizational, and community needs
  • Students become members of  the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in their junior year, and  remain members through graduation
  • Graduates of the Social Work program can apply for St. Scholastica's Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate program. Those with a bachelor's degree in social work can qualify for the Advanced Standing Track which allows students to complete the MSW in just one year.
  • A limited number of CSS students who declare their intent to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) at St. Scholastica will be guaranteed admission to the program after completing an undergraduate social work degree, if they meet the plan criteria. Learn more. 


As part of the degree program in social work, students receive actual on-the-job experience at a variety of professionally supervised agencies in the region. This fieldwork occurs during the junior and senior years where students complete 120 hours and 450 hours respectively. Students can check with the department chair as to where they can fulfill these required hours.


Social work graduates find work within child and family service agencies, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, community action agencies, schools, child and adult protection organizations, residential treatment programs, tribal social service agencies, gerontological service programs, mental health treatment centers, criminal justice settings, developmental and mental disability services, and international social work organizations. Others go on to pursue graduate study, often master of social work programs, at a variety of locations.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

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St. Scholastica's Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Our graduates enter most Master of Social Work programs with advanced standing.

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