Program-at-a-glance

Our BSW graduates are exceptionally prepared for generalist social work practice and licensure, and for graduate study. 

Degree Earned

St. Kate's students can earn a BA or BS in Social Work.  St. Thomas students will earn a BA in Social Work. All can use the term Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).

The Social Work Profession

  • Social work is the helping profession grounded in a "person-in-environment" orientation and focused on human dignity and social justice. See Social Work: Is it for you?
  • Social work is a licensed profession.  In Minnesota, only those who graduate from a CSWE-accredited school of social work can be hired as social workers. See Social Work Licensure
  • Social work offers a huge variety of employment options, working with diverse populations in myriad settings. See Using Your Degree
  • Social work employment is expected to grow by ~20% over the next decade, one of the fastest-growing careers. See Careers in Social Work

Distinctive Features of the Major

  • BSW students gain exceptional real-world work experience during 600 hours of supervised field education (200 hours as a Junior and 400 hours as a Senior)
  • NEW Accelerated MSW Admission process for BSW's in their Junior year
  • Study abroad option in Cuernavaca, Mexico, during spring junior semester fulfills social work major requirements
  • Numerous opportunities for student-faculty research and conference presentations
  • Offered jointly by St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas. Classes and faculty offices located on both campuses. See SCU-UST Collaboration

Other Distinctive Features:

Admission