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Social Work

Is social work right for you?
Social workers have a strong desire to help others, effective communication skills, ethical responsibility, and time management skills. Human service jobs involve direct contact with people who are vulnerable to exploitation or mistreatment, thus social workers uphold six core values: service, social justice, dignity, integrity, competence, and the importance of human relationships.

What social workers do?
Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This means social workers provide direct services to help individuals, groups, organizations, and communities solve problems and improve social conditions. Social workers strive to alleviate suffering, promote social justice, and make a difference. If you are looking for a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of employment options, consider earning a Bachelor of Social Work.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, social workers earn a median pay of $55,350 per year.

Offered: On campus, Bismarck State College, North Dakota State University

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Employment outlook
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.
Job opportunities
Social workers are employed in public agencies, private organizations, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, penal institutions, and many other workplaces. An important goal of the Minot State social work program is to prepare you for generalist practice.
Learn with us
As a social work major at Minot State, you will take courses from several departments including psychology, sociology, political science, and economics in addition to courses specific to social work. The curriculum is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Get involved
Any student interested in social work can join the Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) which promotes cultural, social, and intellectual activities essential to the social work profession.

Program sites
Minot State’s social work program is offered in Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo. 

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All Minot State programs fulfill the requirements for licensure in the state of North Dakota. If you are seeking a professional license in a state other than North Dakota, learn more about program disclosures and licensure requirements at

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