Department of Social Work


About Our Program

The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program prepares students for generalist practice in a variety of human service settings. Graduates are prepared to do a variety of professional social work jobs including counselor, substance abuse/mental health, child welfare and school social work. The curriculum has a special focus on services to American Indians and their communities. The skills students learn are transferable when working with a variety of different groups and settings.


The BSW program is primarily online. Students will have the opportunity to complete their required 420 hour field placement/internship in their home community if an appropriate human services agency and supervisor can be identified.


There is also a Bachelor's Child Welfare Scholars Program students can apply to after they are accepted into the BSW program. For more information on the program, visit the BSW child welfare scholars webpage.



Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth is to promote human wellbeing and advance social justice through teaching, research, and service. We prepare competent and effective generalist and advanced generalist social workers who are leaders both in expanding the profession's knowledge base and in developing socially just services delivery systems. Our graduates are committed to pursuing culturally competent practice with an emphasis on working with American Indians, especially in rural communities. The education we provide is based on the knowledge, values, and skills of social work; and is grounded in the profession's history, purpose and philosophy.


Please contact the Department of Social Work if you would like additional information or give us a call at 218-726-8497 or (888) 534-9734.



UMD Social Work Department

220 Bohannon Hall
1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

(218) 726-8497
1 (888) 534-9734

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