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St. Scholastica's Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Our graduates enter most Master of Social Work programs with advanced standing.

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B.A. Social Work | Accelerated Learning

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FAST FACTS: B.A Social Work

Tuition: $415/credit*


* Tuition rates are for the 2016-17 academic year and are subject to change. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans.

Find your career and your calling

The mission of the social work profession is "to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty." Social work addresses the needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. The core values of the profession are service, social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.

St. Scholastica's social work program embraces the mission of the social work profession in the context of the College's Benedictine tradition. The program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, requires graduates to be well-prepared for beginning generalist professional practice.

Career overview

The Social Work profession is expected to grow in coming years, with even stronger growth for medical and integrated healthcare social workers. (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Social Work also was recently named one of the best jobs in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to strong job growth, the career can be very rewarding and is well suited for people interested in helping others.

Graduates with a B.A. in Social Work are employed in a variety of settings, including:

  • Family service agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Community action agencies
  • Schools (elementary and secondary)
  • Child and adult protection
  • Residential treatment
  • Homeless shelters
  • Tribal social service agencies
  • Justice and corrections
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Mental health services
  • Developmental disabilities services
  • Public health agencies
  • Child and youth service agencies
  • Aging services
  • Domestic violence programs
  • Community organizations

Locations

We offer a traditional day program at our main campus in Duluth.

Earn your B.A. in Social Work from St. Scholastica at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. This program is offered in a hybrid format, with weekly online classes and twice-a-month on-campus classes on Friday afternoons and evenings and on Saturdays.
Depending on the number of college transfer credits, students may complete the program on a full-time basis in three or four semesters.  Full or part-time options are also available.

Admissions criteria

Admissions priority will be given to student applicants in the following order:

  1. Students who have completed both an A.A. and A.A.S. degree in Human Services through FDLTCC.
  2. Student who have completed an A.A. degree through FDLTCC.
  3. Students who lack no more than eight credits to complete their A.A. or A.A.S. degree through FDLTCC.
  4. Student who have completed a minimum of an A.A. or A.A.S. at another institution.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information.

Earn your B.A. in Social Work at Central Lakes College. Students may choose from a 16-month track or a 2-year track that includes a summer break. Courses are delivered in an accelerated evening format and meet on campus on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

This program includes opportunities to delve deeper into the profession through extended internship practice, involvement in community projects and opportunities to participate in international service-learning trips to Mexico and Jamaica to practice social work and explore social justice concerns.

Admissions criteria

We accept students who have earned between 59-71 eligible transfer credits. We prefer that students have completed the MN Transfer Curriculum or an A.A. degree AND have completed all required lower-division courses in preparation for the social work major.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information.

Earn your B.A. in Social Work at Inver Hills Community College. Students may choose from a 16-month track or a 2-year track that includes a summer break. Courses are delivered in an accelerated evening format and meet on campus on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Admissions criteria

We accept students who have earned between 59-71 eligible transfer credits. We prefer that students have completed the MN Transfer Curriculum or an A.A. degree AND have completed all required lower-division courses in preparation for the social work major.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information.

Earn your B.A. in Social Work at Riverland Community College. With a hybrid format that combines online classes with occasional in-person meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Riverland Community College (RCC) in Austin, and a seamless transfer program, students can complete their degree in just two years. Courses are delivered in an accelerated evening format and meet on campus on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and occasional Saturdays.

The “2 Plus 2” degree will offer Riverland students a seamless pathway from a two-year associate’s degree to a four-year bachelor’s degree. The College of St. Scholastica is an independent Catholic Benedictine college based in Duluth and has several other extended-site degree programs around the state.

The social work program will accept students from all three Riverland campuses — in Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna — who hold the two-year associate of arts degree.

Admissions Criteria

We accept students who have earned between 59-71 eligible transfer credits. We prefer that students have completed the MN Transfer Curriculum or an A.A. degree AND have completed all required lower-division courses in preparation for the social work major.

Social Work Transfer Guide for Riverland Community College.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information.

Contact

Lee Gustafson, Ph. D. MSW, LISW
Chair, Social Work Dept.
(218) 723-7048
lgustaf3@css.edu

As one of the only B.A. in Social Work programs in the Valley designed to meet the needs of working adults, flexibility is our specialty. With a hybrid format that combines online classes with occasional in-person meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Mesa Community College, Southern & Dobson campus, and a seamless transfer program, students can complete their degrees in just two years.

Through small class sizes and personalized learning plans, students get the personal attention they need to master the material. Pair that with 570 hours of field experience throughout the Phoenix area, and students will be fully prepared to make a difference from day one.

The cohort begins in fall semester. Priority application deadline is April 15, and the final application deadline is August 1.

Office directions

Social/Cultural Science Building SC #70

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Admissions criteria

The College of St. Scholastica has a partnership with Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) that allows students to transfer 100 percent of their credits (excluding preparatory, technical, or below "C" courses) towards St. Scholastica's bachelor's degree programs.

Social Work Transfer Guide for Maricopa Community Colleges.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information. 

Contact

Christy Potter, Campus Manager
(480) 744-6738
cpotter@css.edu

Marcia Runnberg, Program Coordinator
(877) 287-8753
mrunnber@css.edu

As one of the only B.A. in Social Work programs in the Valley designed to meet the needs of working adults, flexibility is our specialty. With a hybrid format that combines online classes with occasional in-person meetings at Phoenix College and a seamless transfer program, students can complete their degrees in just two years.

Through small class sizes and personalized learning plans, students get the personal attention they need to master the material. Pair that with 570 hours of field experience throughout the Phoenix area, and students will be fully prepared to make a difference from day one.

The first Phoenix College cohort will begin this fall. Priority application deadline is April 15, and the final application deadline is August 1.

Admissions criteria

The College of St. Scholastica has a partnership with Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) that allows students to transfer 100 percent of their credits (excluding preparatory, technical, or below "C" courses) towards St. Scholastica's bachelor's degree programs.

Social Work Transfer Guide for Maricopa Community Colleges.

Visit Admissions Requirements and Checklist for additional information. 

Contact

Christy Potter, Campus Manager
(480) 744-6738
cpotter@css.edu

Marcia Runnberg, Program Coordinator
(877) 287-8753
mrunnber@css.edu

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  • Heather Kasper-Maine, LSW

    "I came into the B.A. in Social Work program as an early childhood educator thinking I was just completing a goal to get my 4 yr. degree. My internship showed me a new interest in working with the elderly and doing medical social work. I am now the Social Services Director (LSW) at Pierz Villa Nursing Home."

    – Heather Kasper-Maine, LSW, '10

  • "I entered the social work program at the Brainerd campus because it was close to home and convenient. I had no idea how much I would learn and grow both professionally and personally while in the program. The instructors were supportive and my cohort was like family."

    – Ashley Miller, LSW, '10

 

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Contact Us

Twin Cities

Nu LyNu Ly
Admissions Counselor
(651) 403-8654
(888) 625-7992
nly@css.edu


Arizona

Christy PotterChristy Potter
Campus Manager
(480) 744-6738
cpotter@css.edu


Fond du Lac

Breanne TeplerBreanne Tepler
Admissions Counselor
(877) 287-8734
btepler@css.edu


Brainerd

Amie AndersonAmie Anderson
Admissions Counselor
(877) 287-8752
aander10@css.edu