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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.