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Make a difference in your community.

Social work is a profession for those with a passion for social justice and a desire to improve people’s lives. Social workers work with children, families, schools, public agencies and others in their communities.

You will develop skills in areas like:

  • Assessment and interviewing
  • Intake and referral
  • Case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Community outreach
  • Advocacy
  • Research

We are the only public university in the state that offers bachelor's and master's degrees in social work. Our program will prepare you to strategically advocate for social change and gives you real-world experience through fieldwork and classroom learning.

We offer a full-time program so our students can become licensed clinical social workers. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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  • VERMILLION, S.D. – Soonhee Roh, Ph.D., and Peter Kindle, Ph.D., associate professors at the University of South Dakota’s Department of Social Work, have been appointed to the editorial board of the national journal Research on Social Work Practice.
  • PHoto of Deka Pallav.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – Pallav Deka, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota’s Department of Nursing, has been recognized as the 2017 winner of the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding manuscripts and original research that i...
  • Don't forget to register online for the 4th Annual NASW-SD Social Work Day at the Capitol ~ Tuesday, February 20, 2018!