The mission of the Metropolitan State University social work program is to integrate the values, knowledge and skills inherent to social work into an academic program that will enable graduating, multicultural competent bachelor's level students to engage in generalist social work practice that will meet the needs of the increasingly racially diverse Twin Cities communities. The program will prepare students for generalist social work practice with client systems of various sizes and types with special emphasis on Native Americans and communities of color. This program will build on a Liberal Arts base and will provide a foundation curriculum that contains the profession's values, knowledge and skills.
Declare Your Program
To be accepted to the social work program, applicants must demonstrate commitment to and have work or volunteer experience servicing communities of color and/or Native American communities. Applicants must complete all of the prerequisite coursework, have at least 60 semester credits of general education and complete a Social Work Program Application form. If the student is accepted into the program, a faculty advisor will submit a College of Community Studies and Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Declaration Form.
Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan. The social work program has four main components.
- Before being considered for admission to the social work program, the student must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits with 48 credits across each of the 10 goal areas of the General Education/Liberal Studies (GELS) that include the following prerequisites with a minimum of three credits in each of the following:
- Introduction to Social Work,
- Political science,
- Human Biology or Biology of Women, and
- Racial/ethnic awareness (content is about people of color and/or Native Americans in the U.S.)
- Core Courses: 32 credits in core curriculum required courses in addition to statistics;
- Field Courses: 16-19 credits of field practica including five credits in a community learning center serving people of color or Native Americans, five credits in a mainstream social work setting and six to nine credits in a field practice seminar;
- Other: a three or four credit course in statistics, eight upper division (300 level and up from Metropolitan State) liberal studies credits for courses from two different disciplines and two elective credits.
In order to pursue the bachelor of social work degree, students must complete and submit a separate application to the social work department.