Social work has its roots in a tradition of serving at-risk populations. Social workers have been at the forefront of fighting for child labor laws, more humane conditions for workers, voting rights for women and civil rights for people of color. Social reform and social action are at the heart of the social work mission.
Social workers strive to enhance the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities; to support the development of human capacities; to empower at-risk groups; and to promote social and economic justice.
Social work today is an expanding and challenging profession. Our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Master of Social Work (MSW), and new Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) programs prepare students for a career in one of the nation’s fastest-growing fields. Our nationally ranked school, a unique collaboration between St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, prepares graduates for culturally relevant social work practice in multiple settings with diverse populations.
At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work provides students with exceptional preparation for real-world practice:
I am extremely proud of our School’s national reputation of excellence. The School of Social Work is ranked in the top 25 percent nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Our alumni network includes over 3000 BSW and MSW graduates, many of whom remain active as field instructors and on research paper committees, as well as attend our professional development institutes and special Upcoming Events to stay connected and continue their life-long learning.
We are delighted that you are considering a career as a social work practitioner. We hope you join us!