College for Women | School of Social Work

Social Work

Do you have a passion for working with people and advancing social justice? Are you interested in preparing for one of the fastest growing careers in the nation? Then the social work major is the program for you! You'll learn to promote social justice and community engagement while recognizing and honoring differences in our local, national, and global communities.

what can I do with a degree in Social Work?

Social work is a licensed profession. Our BSW students gain real-world work experience during 600 hours of field placement and graduate prepared to take the licensure exam required to practice social work in Minnesota. We prepare generalist social workers committed to professional ethics and values, service, social justice, and human rights. You will be prepared for careers in:

  • Child, family and school social work
  • Social work within hospitals and clinics
  • Community organizing
  • Work within social action organizations
  • Gerontological social work
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Justice and corrections
  • Community mental health
  • Social services administration
  • Work with military, veterans, and their families
  • Chemical dependency and substance abuse
  • Crisis intervention
  • Working in the private sector

what will I study?

Through social work coursework, you will develop knowledge and skills in:

  • Social welfare policy and advocacy
  • Community outreach
  • Communication and interviewing skills
  • Case management and basic counseling
  • Social work research
  • Group work
  • Strengths-based intervention and support for individuals, families and communities

Did you know?

  • Social Work supports three minors: Social Services Management, Chemical Dependency Counseling: Addiction and Recovery, and Social Welfare.
  • Social Work is also offered in the College for Adults.

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why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning to achieve your goals.

Program Accreditation

The joint social work program at St. Catherine’s and St. Thomas received its first accreditation in 1974 from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Since that time, the St. Kate's–St. Thomas School of Social Work has successfully obtained reaffirmation of accreditation through 2019.

As St. Kate's and St. Thomas build independent social work programs, both universities will pursue accreditation through CSWE. The accrediting body will review our application and ultimately make a decision regarding accreditation by summer 2020.

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Why Our Students Choose Social Work

Why Our Students Choose Social Work

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Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

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Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty are active researchers, industry and academic award winners and influential members of professional organizations. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate’s Experience

The St. Kate’s Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.

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