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 social change 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 and social justice
  • 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

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why St. Kate’s?

We prepare students for critically reflective practice to use social work knowledge, values, and skills to demonstrate the intrinsic value of all humankind in a unified purpose to serve those in need and promote social justice and human rights.

We support our students as they become transformational leaders, locally and nationally. Our faculty are committed to pedagogies that engage students in a continuous process of learning. Our aim is to liberate our students so that they can seek equity and justice within and among multiple systems. We embrace the diversity of our student body and believe that this diversity strengthens and connects us as human beings. We believe that our collaborative, student-focused approach drives innovation and allows social workers to respond to the most critical needs within our communities.

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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