Your spark of idealism, belief in social justice and love of working with people — together with a degree from our accredited program — will prepare you to be a professional social worker. At St. Kate's, you'll acquire professional knowledge, values and skills that will empower you for a challenging and rewarding career in a profession slated for fast growth in the future.
This major educates students for beginning-level social work practice and graduate study. It is offered by the School of Social Work, a joint program between St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas.
Students must be formally admitted into St. Catherine University to pursue the Bachelor's of Arts in Social Work. The program admits students in February of their junior year. Prospective social work majors must have a GPA of 2.25 and be interviewed by the School of Social Work faculty.
A national leader
The School of Social Work is ranked in the top 25 percent nationally, reports the U.S. News & World Report. The school's "Social Work for Social Justice: Ten Principles" has been adopted by numerous social work education programs across the United States.
Accredited program; professional license
Graduates qualify to take the state board exams for a professional social worker license. Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Focus on others
The School of Social Work curriculum is rooted in the values of human dignity and common good. Students learn to
actualize the Judeo-Christian commitment of social caring
demonstrate belief in the intrinsic value of humankind
serve those in need, and
act with conviction in advancing the principles of social justice and human rights.
Our social work major integrates theory, research and fieldwork with the liberal arts core requirement. Students will gain the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills required to work with people in many arenas. Courses include the biology of women, principles and concepts of sociology, general psychology, lifespan development psychology and social research.
Students will expand their knowledge of social work beyond the classroom by completing two fieldwork placements. The School of Social Work partners with more than 60 agencies in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Students have the opportunity to work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations — plus tackle important issues at a societal and policy-oriented level.
Faculty experts and mentors
The School of Social Work includes 25 St. Kate's and St. Thomas faculty who are known for their teaching excellence and scholarship — and who are eager to contribute their expertise to support your academic and professional growth. Our faculty hold leadership positions in local, regional and national professional organizations. They are recognized as authorities in areas such as medical social work, school social work, child welfare, social justice, policy advocacy, research, chemical dependency, mental health treatment and professional supervision.
You can earn a Master of Arts in Social Work in one calendar year of additional study. This program prepares you for clinical practice and leadership.
Licensure for school social workers
The School of Social Work program is approved by the Minnesota Department of Education to recommend candidates for licensure as school social workers, level 1, based on completion of the program.