Social workers are people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, who promote justice, who want their work to make a difference.
What do social workers do?
Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environments. This can mean providing direct services or helping individuals, groups and communities solve problems. It also can mean working for change to improve social conditions.
Where do social workers work?
Social workers are found in public agencies, private organizations, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, probation, courts, and countless other work places. An important goal of our social work program is to prepare students for generalist practice in the northern Great Plains.
How did social work begin?
Since the first social work class was offered by Columbia University in 1898, social workers have led the way in developing private and charitable organizations to serve people in need. In 1931 social work pioneer Jane Addams won the Nobel Peace Prize for establishing settlement houses for Chicago immigrants in the early 1900s.
Career outlook is excellent
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of social workers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations and job prospects are expected to be excellent, particularly for social workers working in rural areas.
As a social work major at Minot State University you'll take courses in psychology, sociology, political science, as well as courses specific to social work. The curriculum meets Council on Social Work Education requirements.
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to comprehensive, holistic and interdisciplinary education. By integrating excellent teaching with scholarly and creative activity, we prepare students with the knowledge, values and skills they need to succeed in a diverse world.
Is social work right for you?
Social workers should have a strong desire to help others, effective communication skills, a sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively. Many human services jobs involve direct contact with people who are vulnerable to exploitation or mistreatment, so patience and understanding are valued characteristics.
Our College of Education and Health Sciences and Social Work Program is internationally known for producing quality professionals and pre-professionals in education, human service and health science.
Our faculty members are sought after for their scholarly expertise and their contributions to the community.
Acceptance into the social work program is not automatic. Admission requirements include:
- Successful completion of specified social work classes and required prerequisites
- Completion of at least 32 credits
- GPA of at least 2.5 in social work courses; overall GPA of at least 2.0
- Personal interview with admissions committee
- Minimum 50 hours of experience in a community service setting
For detailed information, see the full Social Work admissions criteria.
Director, Social Work Program
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Department of Social Work
Phone: 701-858-3814 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3814