B.S. in Social Work
Completing your Bachelor of Science in Social Work, or BSSW, is the next step in preparing for a profession* serving the marginalized, advocating for social and economic justice, and having a real and lasting impact on your community.
Professional social workers* provide a variety of services in different settings, including hospitals, schools, social service agencies, and human service organizations. Social work practitioners work with families, children in foster care, individuals struggling with substance use, those experiencing housing instability, and other vulnerable populations.
As you complete your degree, you’ll explore a variety of topics in your course studies, including:
- General and lifespan psychology
- Human behavior in the social environment
- Communication in the health professions
- Social work research and policy
- Individuals, family, community, and culture
- Social welfare and justice
Your courses will not only provide you with a look at the history of social work and social welfare, but offer insights into:
- human development and behavior;
- fundamental concepts and methods for engagement, assessment, and intervention;
- principles and processes of group work and group facilitation;
- the impact of culture, race, economics, privilege, and discrimination on – and on the perception of – human development, behavior, and interactions within society;
- and techniques to collaborate with organizations and communities as vehicles of change to promote individual and community well-being.
Students in the BSSW completion program serve and learn for a total of 400 hours over two consecutive semesters in one assigned supervised professional practice setting to acquire a broad understanding of the field of social work, to recognize and use generalist principles and concepts, and to assess and then select intervention methods to meet individual, group, family, and community needs.
The Saint Mary’s BSSW is an ideal fit for you if you have an associate degree in human services, psychology, nursing, public health, or general health or social sciences, although an associate degree is not required to study with us.
Employment for social workers is expected to grow 12% by 2030.1
*Accreditation and Professional Licensure
Graduation from a CSWE-accredited program is required for eligibility for social work licensure in all U.S. jurisdictions. Saint Mary's plans to pursue accreditation for its B.S. in Social Work program, but CSWE approval is not guaranteed. In addition, all jurisdictions have additional licensing requirements. It is the student's responsibility to verify social work licensing requirements in their state prior to enrolling in any academic program. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee attainment of any professional licensure or certification, in any field, in any jurisdiction.
Please check Saint Mary’s Professional Licensure Disclosures and Resources for further updates regarding this program and professional licensure.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social Workers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/