Mission

DSW Mission:

The University of St. Thomas School of Social Work Doctorate in Social Work prepares students to teach and lead in the social work profession with a particular focus on teaching as social work practice. We partner with students to prepare graduates to assume the roles of faculty to teach, develop an identity as a scholar practitioner, write for publication and other forms of dissemination, and pursue social justice through service and leadership in the academy and community.

School of Social Work Mission, 2019-20:

Grounded in social justice and inspired by Catholic social thought, we educate and engage students to learn, grow, and develop their professional skills as they prepare for social work practice in support of health, wellbeing, and the common good.

University of St. Thomas Mission:

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.

Social Work for Social Justice:

Out of its firm commitment to social justice and by virtue of the Catholic mission of our founding sponsors,  St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, our School of Social Work recognizes Catholic Social Teaching as a rich resource that provides a framework for strengthening the way in which we educate for justice and prepare students for competent and ethical social work practice dedicated to both service and justice.

Learn more about our Social Work for Social Justice: Ten Principles