The St. Kate's - St. Thomas Collaboration
Since 1974, St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas (formerly the Colleges of St. Catherine and St. Thomas) have offered a combined major in Social Work. The program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1975 and in 2012, CSWE reaffirmed its accreditation through 2020. The joint Social Work major has grown to over one hundred junior and senior women and men. There are now over 1700 alumni of our Bachelor of Social Work program and over 3500 total School alumni. (Learn more about our History of Collaboration).
The St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work is the largest school of social work in the state. As a joint program between two faith-based, liberal arts universities, we share commitments to teaching excellence, community engagement, and social justice. Our students benefit from the small class sizes and strong student-centered approach that characterize each of our universities. In addition, they benefit from the resources and network of a large, well-established program, including access to 30 full-time faculty members with myriad areas of interest and expertise, a large number of elective course offerings and areas of specialization, 3 social work minor options, interprofessional learning opportunities with colleagues at both universities, and a well-organized and highly respected field education program with with an unrivaled regional network of community partners.
How Does it Work?
The School of Social Work has administrative and faculty offices located on both campuses. The BSW Program Director, Sarah Ferguson, has an office on each campus and can meet with students at the location most convenient for them. All social work faculty teach on both campuses.
St. Kate's and St. Thomas day students take their social work classes on both campuses, alternating between the two campuses each semester. For example, Juniors typically take their fall social work courses at St. Thomas and their spring social work courses at St. Kate's. Evening/Weekend/Online social work courses are offered only at St. Kate's, but may be open to St. Kate's and St. Thomas day students as space and schedules allow. All upcoming social work courses (at both universities) are posted in the Upcoming Courses section of this website. Students from both universities participate in the joint undergraduate social work clubs & organizations. In this way, students participate in a rich learning environment comprised of a large, diverse student body.