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  • School of Social Work

    The School of Social Work has maintained the prestigious Council on Social Work Education accreditation since 1973 and continues to uphold an outstanding regional reputation for its quality undergraduate program and community and regional service. The diverse curriculum provides a deep knowledge base and skill set related to social welfare, human behavior and the social environment, social work research, social policy and generalist practice—preparing students to advance social justice, economic justice and human rights on a local to global scale.

    Courses are taught by faculty with extensive and diverse social work experience in areas such as child and public welfare, medical, psychiatric and gerontological social work, mental health, domestic violence, chemical dependency, and more. In addition to classroom study, students acquire practical, hands-on skills by completing two human service experiences and a 480-hour internship—preparing students for entry-level licensed generalist social work practice, graduate school and successful career paths in health care, the social assistance industry or local and state government agencies.

    Why you should study social work at MSUM

    • We are the region's premiere undergraduate social work program, and have been for almost 40 years.
    • We rank 13th in size among undergraduate social work programs nationally in a CSWE survey.
    • Our curriculum fully complies with that required by CSWE.
    • Upper-level courses average 15-20 students while always delivering quality and personal attention.
    • Our curricula leads to the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree required for state licensure in Minnesota, North Dakota, and elsewhere.
    • On average, 95% of our graduates passed their social work licensure examination on their first try, well above the national pass rate of 82%.
    • Our faculty have considerable, diverse social work practice experience in areas like child and public welfare, medical, psychiatric, and gerontological social work, family treatment, probation, policy analysis, social work research, mental health, domestic violence and chemical dependency, among others
    • Our faculty embraces a global perspective beyond the classroom by conducting international trips to study social work and social welfare.

    We proudly uphold our long-lived regional reputation for excellence and leadership in undergraduate social work education and community and regional service, and we would be pleased to add your name to our roster!

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    Criminal Justice, Gerontology, Sociology Students Inducted into National Honor Societies May 5

    On Thursday, May 5, the faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice inducted 17 students into one of three national honor societies, including one student was inducted into two national honor societies. The faculty also announced the winners of the department’s annual awards.  Criminal Justice Majors inducted into the Mu Omega chapter of […]

    Jeremy Carney publishes article in The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

    Jeremy Carney, School of Social Work, publishes an article in the fall edition of The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics entitled “Social work education in non-sexual dual relationships.” The full article can be viewed here.

    Jeremy Carney will present at two regional human service conferences

    Dr. Jeremy Carney, Associate Professor of Social Work, will present on professional ethics at two regional human service conferences this fall. Carney will deliver a presentation entitled “I Can Live How I Choose: Ethical considerations regarding client self-determination” to the Northern Plains Conference on Aging and Disability on Sept. 26 and the Minnesota Social Services […]

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