Social Work student in classroom

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 Nathan Canoles
    VERMILLION, S.D. – Incoming University of South Dakota student, Nathan Keokenchanh-Canoles, from South Sioux City, Nebraska, has been awarded a $40,000 scholarship through the Kind World Foundation to help fund his college education.
  • A few BSW student posters were hand selected from IdeaFest earlier this month and presented to the Board of Regents. Congratulations, Max Hunhoff, Ashley Wilson, Chelsea Hatcher, Caelen Miles, and Mariah Kosidowski! Your work was prominently recognized!