Preparing Students for Advocacy, Support, Change!
Become a Social Worker!
Bemidji State University’s Social Work program is all about preparing students for generalist social work practice grounded in civic commitment and embracing of cultural responsiveness, social and economic justice, professional ethics, active scholarship, and global interconnectedness. At its core, social work prepares students for direct involvement with and support for communities, groups and individuals.
At BSU you will also be working towards a degree that is in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services, but will vary by specialty.” For more information check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook here.
Social Work is a licensed profession. Our BSW students gain real-world work experience through our hands-on program which includes over 500 hours of field placement. BSU’s Social Work program graduates students with the practice skills and theoretical foundation to successfully pass the licensure exam required for Social Work practice in Minnesota. The Social Work program also has practical experience programs in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota.
The BSW is not our only program offering either, as we have a minor in Chemical Dependency, certificates in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and School Social Work Preparation & Licensure and a handful of graduate courses for those looking to round out their studies.
So come join us! Find out how to apply or come talk to us and see if Social Work is the program for you!
Effective January 2018, the BSU Social Work Department will admit to the major a maximum of 20 students each semester. This is to ensure that students can complete a quality social work degree in four years. The BSU Social Work Department utilizes an interactive, practice-preparedness approach that maximizes our goal of a 20:1 student-faculty ratio.