Social workers engage with children, families, schools, public agencies, communities and a variety of other organizations. Social work is a profession for those with a passion for social justice and a desire to make a difference in improving people’s lives. This career offers meaning, satisfaction, an abundance of possibilities and excellent job opportunities.

Social workers are trained in assessment, interviewing, intake/referral, service planning, case management, crisis intervention, service provision, problem solving, program evaluation, community outreach, advocacy, research and networking.

We are the only accredited social work program in public higher education in South Dakota. We offer advanced generalist concentration to train graduates who are well-prepared for rural and indigenous populations. Our undergraduate program prepares students for entry-level professional practice and provides educational preparation for graduate education. Our Master of Social Work program prepares students for advanced, autonomous social work practice.

Our program provides strategic service learning experiences giving our students observation in real-world settings and the opportunity to learn about the profession in a number of activities and organizations.

Our Purpose

To serve the people of South Dakota and the upper Midwest through social work education, research and service.

Our Vision

To be a national leader in social work education, research, policy and practice for rural, urban and Native American communities.

Our Mission

To excel in the education of social workers and leaders through culturally-responsive research, policy and practice methods for rural, urban and Native American communities.

Our Diversity Statement

The University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences is committed to an environment of inclusiveness in classroom and clinical settings that honors the richness of diverse perspectives and interprofessional practice through valuing diverse traditions, heritages and experiences.

Our Theoretical Framework

Our Theoretical Framework is an applied biopsychosocial science with a strengths-based perspective using evidence based decision making processes