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Social Work

Is social work right for you?
When considering social work as a career, you should have a strong desire to help others; effective communication skills; a sense of responsibility and ethics; 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.

What social workers do?
Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. 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.

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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 found in public agencies, private organizations, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, probation, courts, and countless other workplaces. An important goal of our social work program is to prepare you for generalist practice.
Learn with us
As a social work major at Minot State, you’ll take courses from several departments including psychology, sociology, and political science 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.



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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.