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Social Work Field Education

A transformational experience in real-world practice

Social Work for Social Justice

Learn how our School of Social Work promotes social justice

Careers in Social Work

High-growth, huge variety!

Social Work (BSW)

At the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, social work is recognized as a critical part of health & well-being for individuals, communities and society. We prepare you to become a licensed professional, equipped to work in direct practice with children or adults, groups and organizations, and as an advocate for policies to advance the common good. Our graduates are committed to social justice and to helping people make positive changes in their lives.

Why Study Social Work at St. Thomas?

The need for social workers is growing. Employment in social work is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations over the next decade. Health care social work, along with mental health and substance abuse social work are among the fastest growing areas, while opportunities to work with children, families and schools are also growing faster than average.

With a bachelor’s degree in social work, you can begin work upon graduation or enter a master of social work (MSW) program as an “advanced standing” student, and save a year of time and investment achieving your MSW.  St. Thomas BSW students interested in clinical social work can apply through an accelerated admissions process to complete the school's nationally-ranked Master of Social Work degree program in as little as one year, having completed 18 hours of foundation-level coursework.

With our BSW degree, you’ll be prepared to work with diverse populations across a wide variety of settings such as health systems, schools, correction centers and social services agencies. You will gain real-world practice experience during 600 hours of fieldwork (internships), and graduate prepared to take the bachelors-level social work licensure exam in any state.

What do social workers do?

• Social justice advocacy • Child, family & school social work
• Group counseling • International social work
• Community education & organizing • Practice with immigrants & refugees
• Restorative justice & corrections • Military social work
• Policy and planning • Gero-social work with older adults
• Case management • Addiction and recovery
• Crisis intervention • Healthcare and medical social work
• Social services administration • Community mental health

...and much more!  Learn more about careers in social work»

BSW program-at-a-glance»

Featured Events

Apr 14 2020
Social Work Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, NASW has changed this to be a completely online event that is free and open to all! Please check the homepage for the most current info.

Apr 07 2020
Group photo of C4 on the steps of OSF Library

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16. Schedule details posted.

ALL ONLINE: DSW class of 2020 candidates will defend their banded dissertations in forums open to the public.

Apr 20 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Sharing information about efforts to improve state policies for early childhood, from prenatal care through age 3.

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