Social Work

Majors & Minors

Social Work Degree

Program Overview

Social work is the professional activity of using planned and purposeful intervention practices to help individuals and groups to solve problems. Social work is an advocacy profession that uses professional knowledge, values and skills, to seek social and economic justice for oppressed and marginalized communities of people. Social workers can be found almost any place where people and organizations come together, including schools, mental health centers, community organizations and hospitals.

Highlights of the Social Work Major

  • Internship opportunities exist with more than 80 public and private agencies in close proximity to the Twin Cities.

  • All faculty are licensed social workers.

  • Coursework provides an emphasis on an interactive classroom experience.

  • Undergraduate research opportunities are abundant.

  • Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. 

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Practice with objectivity, respect and knowledge and skills related to clients' age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.
  • Understand and apply knowledge of biological, sociological, cultural, psychological and spiritual variables that affect individual development and behavior.
  • Use theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions among individuals and between individuals and social systems.
  • Collaborate with client systems of all sizes to develop a plan of action based on a thorough assessment of client system strengths and challenges.
  • Use current technologies to effectively and efficiently provide services to clients.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the social work field. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates may find employment or internship opportunities with.

Potential Job Titles

  • Social Worker


  • Mayo Clinic

  • Regions Hospital

  • Dakota County Social Services

  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections

  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs

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1 Year

The time it takes for a social work graduate to receive a Master's of Social Work, the field's terminal practice degree.