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:

  • "Large-school" network and resources (St. Kate's - St. Thomas is the largest school of social work in the state), with “small school” environment and student-centered approach
  • Faculty are recognized scholars, researchers and practitioners committed to community engagement and teaching excellence
  • The School of Social Work offers 3 minor options: Social Services Management, Chemical Dependency Counseling: Addiction & Recovery, and a minor in Social Welfare
  • Principles of faith and reason inform our curriculum and prioritize social justice.  Our Social Work for Social Justice - Ten Principles have been adopted by schools of social work across the country.
  • St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work ranked in the top 25 percent of programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report
  • Our joint BSW program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1975.
  • Exceptional professional network of 3500+ School of Social Work graduates (both BSW and MSW)