Social Work

Pursue your passion for improving people's lives

Change lives and make a difference in a wide variety of settings.


Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Our curriculum demonstrates our commitment to evidence-based practice. Through classroom experiences and field education, students receive the knowledge, values and skills needed for professional practice and graduate study. A focus on social work values, ethics and practice with diverse populations is infused throughout the curriculum. The BSSW program educates responsive, multi-talented social workers who can address needs and emerging issues from individual services to policy and community development.

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Four-Year Program Guide

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Engaging Student Experience

    As a social work student, you get the opportunity to learn about the profession in a number of activities and organizations like conferences and the Social Work Student Association.

  • Hands-On Education

    All our students complete fieldwork as part of their education. There is a wide range of agencies and locations where our students participate in hands-on learning.

  • Admission to the Program

    Students can apply to become a social work major after completing 60 hours of coursework. Learn more about the admissions process.

After Graduation

Potential Careers

Social work students have a wide range of choices when they graduate. They can go to graduate school or begin work. Social workers can be found in a variety settings:

  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Corrections
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing facilities
  • Mental Health Centers
  • In-patient psychiatric facilities
  • Child and family service agencies
  • Other health care settings

Alumni Outcomes

"Being taught the importance of building rapport with not only clients but colleagues has also been a major key to success away from USD." Meghan Torbert, 2008