Social Work

Contact Information:Social Work
Dept.:  Social Science
Office: SS 103
Phone: 537-6224

In 1990 the Minnesota State University Board and the Minnesota State University’s Higher Education Coordinating Board approved a social work major at SMSU and the major was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1996 (retroactive to 1992).

The SMSU Social Work Program prepares students to become competent entry-level social work practitioners in a wide range of settings, with emphasis on direct service.

The accredited major meets one of the requirements for social work licensure, which is required to practice social work in most settings in Minnesota. The preparation of students for generalist practice to entry-level positions in a rural setting is the primary function of the program.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to practice on an entry-level with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a variety of practice settings.

The curriculum of the baccalaureate social work program gives students the professional foundation necessary for advanced graduate study in social work. The field education component of the program provides opportunities for students to consider personal and professional options regarding specialization and graduate education.

The undergraduate social work curriculum provides a professional foundation that builds on a liberal arts base and interdisciplinary coursework with an intensive core of social work classes and field practice experience. Students complete a 400-hour field practicum in a social services organization.

Students integrate theoretical knowledge, values exploration, and skills development in applying a generalist model of social work practice.

A strong emphasis of the program is the focus on rural at-risk populations.

Information on the social work profession, social work careers, and social work licensing in Minnesota can be found on the National Association of Social Workers Web site and at

The Formal Admission Process

Students apply for formal admission into the major at the beginning of their junior year. For most students this is during fall semester, but spring admissions do take place when student numbers warrant it.

Criteria for formal admission to the social work major are available from the social work faculty, as is course sequence information.

Requirements for Formal Admission to the Major

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in the courses required for formal admission to the major
  • Minimum grade of "C"in all required Social Work courses

Admission standards and processes are outlined in the SMSU Social Work Program Student Handbook. 


Social Work Catalog

Course Descriptions

Assessment Data


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