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Social Work

Department of Social Relations and Services
College of Social and Natural Sciences
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880
Fax: 218-755-2822


Ms. Mary Ann Reitmeir (Coordinator;, Ms. Cheryl Byers, Dr. Dada Maglajlic

Areas of Study

The social work profession is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals, groups, and communities. It addresses a variety of human needs in the context of complex personal and social situations, and promotes the positive use of resources. Social work settings include rural, suburban, and urban communities in public or private social service agencies, such as county social service agencies, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, residential youth programs, domestic abuse and sexual assault programs, adult day care, chemical dependency agencies, mental health organizations, family counseling programs, adoption and foster care agencies, and community outreach and social justice programs.

The Social Work program emphasizes generalist social work practice and promotes an understanding of human interactions within the social environment. Content areas include social work values and ethics, diversity, promotion of social and economic justice, populations-at-risk, human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, research, field placements, and an international perspective. Graduates of the program are prepared for entry-level social work practice and for graduate study.

As a result of the Social Work program’s accreditation by the Council of Social Work Education, graduates of the program are often eligible for advanced standing status in graduate social work programs AND are eligible to apply for social work licensure in Minnesota and other states. Successful application for social work licensure in Minnesota enables graduates to apply for school social work licensure in the state as well.

Chemical Dependency: The Social Work program offers both a minor and a certificate in Chemical Dependency. The minor provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge in Chemical Dependency, but does not prepare students for educational eligibility for Alcohol and Drug Counselor licensure (LADC) application. The certificate in Chemical Dependency involves an A.A. degree, 270 hour classroom training, and an 880 hour internship required for LADC application.


Social Work (Minnesota Board of Social Work): An applicant must be a graduate of a Council of Social Work accredited program and pass the written licensure examination.

School Social Work (Minnesota Board of Teaching): An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program, be licensed or eligible for licensure by the Minnesota Board of Social Work, and submit an application to the Board of Teaching for licensure in school social work. School social workers are required to be licensed by both the Minnesota Board of Social Work and the Board of Teaching.

Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Minnesota Health Department, Health Occupations Program): An applicant for Alcohol and Drug Counselor licensure (LADC) in Minnesota must have completed an A.A. degree, 270 hours of classroom training, and an 880 hour internship in the field as well as pass written and oral licensure tests.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Human Development
Social Science

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Chemical Dependency Treatment
Correctional Centers
Domestic Abuse Centers
Health Services
Long-Term Care
Mental Health Programs
Nonprofit Agencies
Public Welfare Agencies
Residential Facilities
School Social Work
Senior Centers
Social Justice Programs
Tribal Social Services
Youth Services
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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