Saint Louis University

Offered by the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate social work degree options.

Saint Louis University Social Work Degree Overview

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in social work teaches you the skills you need to bring about real social change. Offered by SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice, the degree will also give you a foundation in the field of global health care, a growing area for social work employment. If you choose to major in social work as an undergraduate at SLU, you will learn how to help improve the quality of life for individuals or communities faced with poverty, serious illness or disability.

In addition to the wide variety of study abroad options at SLU, social work undergraduates have the opportunity to enroll in a two-week experiential course in Ghana, Mexico or India, which features concentrated study, lectures and interactions with the people of the respective country. High-achieving students can also apply in their junior year to SLU's selective accelerated Bachelor of Science in social work and earn a Master of Social Work with an additional year of study.

What You'll Learn in SLU's Social Work Program

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 American social welfare system.

SLU's undergraduate social work curriculum also includes three 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. Some students may choose to participate in the University Honors Program, which offers honors-level social work courses in addition to honors core courses.

What Can You Do With a Social Work Degree from SLU?

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 in 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
  • Policy making and advocacy

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