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Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in social work teaches you the skills you need to bring about real social change. As a social work major at SLU, you will learn how to help improve the quality of life for individuals or communities faced with poverty, serious illness or disability.

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Major in Social Work

Undergraduate social work students at SLU take 39 credit hours of core courses covering topics such as human behavior and the social environment. You will explore social work practice and the United States’ social welfare system.

High-achieving students may apply to our accelerated master’s program during their junior year of study, through which you can earn a Bachelor of Science in social work in four years and a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with just one additional year of study.

SLU's undergraduate social work curriculum includes courses devoted to practical social work knowledge. During your senior year, you will spend two to three days a week in a social service agency of your choice, supervised by an experienced social worker.

Saint Louis University also offers a bachelor’s degree in social work through SLU’s School for Professional Studies. After finishing the major’s prerequisites in the School for Professional Studies, students transfer to the School of Social Work and take classes on campus in an eight-week format.

Highlighted Courses
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • Human Development Through the Life Span
  • The American Social Welfare System
  • Diversity and Anti-Oppression Practice
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals
  • Social Work Practice with Families and Groups
  • Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities
  • Introduction to Social Work Research
  • Social Work Practicum I
  • Integrative Practice Seminar I
  • Social Work Practicum II
  • Integrative Practice Seminar II
  • Practicum Planning
Internships and Careers

Social work graduates from Saint Louis University can look forward to careers in a wide variety of settings. U.S. Department of Labor projections indicate a steady demand for social work jobs in the years ahead.

Most social workers specialize in an area of practice, including but not limited to clinical work, child welfare or family services, mental health, schools, and policy-making and advocacy.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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SLU's B.S.S.W. and M.S.W. programs have been fully accredited since 1933; its accrediting body is the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Minor in Social Work

A minor in social work provides you with an understanding of the social work profession, the issues that social work addresses and the values that drive the profession. You’ll take 18 hours of coursework.

Required coursework:

  • SWRK 1000: Introduction to Social Work
  • SWRK 2100: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I or SWRK 2200: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SWRK 3300: Social Work Practice with Individuals

Select any three of the following:

  • SWRK 3100: American Social Welfare System
  • SWRK 3200: Diversity and Anti-Oppression Practice
  • SWRK 3400: Social Work Practice with Families and Groups
  • SWRK 3700: Introduction to Social Work Research

Unique Structure

Study Global Health Care

As a part of the College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University's social work major is unique as students also learn the foundations of the global health care field, a growing area for social work employment.