Social Work (SWRK)

Social work education builds on the liberal arts with professional foundation courses. It prepares students for generalist practice, students who understand scientific approaches to knowledge building and practice, are reflective of and responsible for their own ethical conduct, and are committed to lives of service and leadership in the global community.

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Typical First Year Schedule

Fall
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • PSYCH 125*
  • BIO 123*
Interim
  • GE/Elective
Spring
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • SOAN 121*
  • PSYCH 241*
Additional Information

*These are prerequisite courses for entry to the major and must be completed by the end of first semester of the junior year. It is recommended they all be completed by the end of the Sophomore year.

Students need to complete five courses by fall of the junior year (we have some flexibility-please see social work faculty member with questions).

No courses are “must take courses” for the first year, but students are encouraged to get started on their prerequisites. Students cannot take any of the required social work courses in the first year

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK/PLACEMENT
  • Students may use AP credit for the prerequisite courses, but should consult with a social work faculty member about using an AP credit for Human Biology as it may have implications for future graduate school admissions.
  • No credit for previous coursework is given for the required social work courses for the major.
Placement
  • Not applicable.
Informational Events

Week One Information Sessions

CONTACT INFORMATION

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Chair, Department of Social Work and Family Studies – Susan Smalling (smalling@stolaf.edu)

Academic Catalog
2020-21 courses will be updated in August 2020