School of Social Work SSW

of the University of Minnesota – The teaching philosophy of the School of Social Work is:

  • 1.to promote a community of cooperative learning.
  • 2.to build a learning environment that continually responds to needs of the profession, the state and beyond.
  • 3.to use technology to improve teaching and learning
  • 4.to increase access of diverse student populations.
  • 5.to promote social justice in a multicultural society
  • 6.to provide a professional social work degree that which fully complies with the standards for professional education set by internal/external review bodies. (Philosophy).

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About /we are … : Since 1917 the School has contributed to the development of progressive social services and is consistently ranked as one of the best schools in the country. 

Mission Statement:

The University of Minnesota School of Social Work (SSW) is the nation’s first graduate social work program at a public land-grant university. Since its founding, SSW has been a national and international leader in education and scholarship.

Through its Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program, SSW prepares professionals for social work practice, equipping them with advanced skills to help individuals, groups, and communities enhance or restore social functioning and maximize favorable social conditions. The curriculum emphasizes social justice, the value of human diversity, and the empowerment of oppressed people.

Since 1946, our Ph.D. program has prepared scholars to take leadership roles in discovery and knowledge-building and in educating future social workers for practice. Students have the opportunity to be mentored by nationally prominent faculty with expertise in diverse areas of practice, policy and research.

Undergraduates are served in SSW three programs: a youth studies major, and social justice and family violence prevention minors. Youth studies is a unique interdisciplinary program that emphasizes experiential learning and prepares students for work in a multiracial, multicultural world. Social justice includes 30 hours of service learning, and family violence prevention draws many students from other disciplines at the University.

SSW is home to five dynamic research and training centers. Our main areas of focus include child welfare, violence prevention, family violence, work with involuntary clients, mediation, and social welfare history. The University’s Social Welfare History Archives is a rich scholarly resource for our faculty and students.

A leader in quality, creative education, our M.S.W. program offers flexible and innovative learning opportunities for students. SSW also has one of the most diverse student bodies within the University, a factor that contributes to a stimulating learning environment.

SSW is one of nine units within the new College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), created in July 2006 when six University colleges were reconfigured into three new, cross-disciplinary colleges. SSW, General College, and the Department of Family Social Science joined the former College of Education and Human Development to create CEHD, which examines education and human development across the lifespan. SSW had been a unit in the College of Human Ecology (CHE) since 1983, when it transferred to CHE from the College of Liberal Arts.

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