About Our School
School of Social Work
Morrison Family College of Health
At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the St. Thomas School of Social Work is committed to providing exceptional preparation for real-world practice and licensure. During the 2019-20 academic year, the St. Thomas School of Social Work joined the Morrison Family College of Health. Becoming part of the College of Health offers our students enhanced opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration. The goal of the college is to advance the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and communities.
Today, the Morrison Family College of Health is comprised of:
- The Department of Health and Exercise Science: Undergraduate programming in Public Health, Exercise Science, and Health Promotion
- The Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Counseling Psychology Master's and Doctorate programming
- The School of Social Work: Social Work Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate programming
School of Social Work Degree Programs
- Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) - Founded in 1974, focused on generalist social work practice
- Master of Social Work (MSW) - Founded in 1990, focused on clinical social work practice
- Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) - Founded in 2014, focused on education as practice
EXPLORE THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION
Social workers help individuals, families, and groups restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, and work to create societal conditions that support communities in need. Social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness. They help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life. (NASW, 2014)
Did you know?
- Social work is a licensed profession. Only those who have earned social work degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral levels—and completed a minimum number of hours in supervised field education—can be professional social workers.
- Clinical social workers are the nation’s largest group of mental health services providers. There are more clinically trained social workers—over 200,000—than psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses combined. Federal law and the National Institutes of Health recognize social work as one of five core mental health professions. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. The profession is expected to grow by 11% between 2018 and 2028. Some areas of social work are growing by almost 20%. Learn more about careers in social work»
If you want to help people and make a difference in the world, social work offers a huge variety of opportunities to do so. We look forward to working with you as you explore the profession and our social work programs!