If you want to affect the world, study social work. If you want a great shot at passing your licensure exam and being hired right out of college, study social work at Concordia.

Your passion for helping others isn't going to stay in the classroom; Concordia social work majors are encouraged to get out into the community. We have partnerships with a variety of agencies in Fargo and Moorhead, so you can help low-income families make ends meet or New Americans find housing, among other opportunities. We’ll do our best to match your interests to areas of need.

Most career counselors will recommend you keep your résumé to one page, but that is impossible for Concordia social work grads. You’ll start engaging with your community as a sophomore, and all of your work and study will culminate with a full-time internship as a senior.

Programs of Study

Major in Social Work

Concordia's social work program prepares competent and effective social work professionals to promote human and community well-being. Program graduates are prepared to take the national licensure examination and pass at rates well beyond the national average.

Student Learning Outcomes

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education.

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Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

The social work program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1982. Students interested in majoring in social work must make written application for acceptance into the major after completing SWK 150 – Social Work and Social Justice with a B- (2.7) or better. A Concordia GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the program. Once admitted, students need to pass all required social work courses with a C- or better, maintain a 2.5 Concordia GPA and a 2.5 GPA in social work courses to maintain active status in the program. All students planning to major in social work should request from the registrar to have a faculty advisor from the social work program. Because courses follow a sequence, transfer students or students deciding on the major during or after the fall semester of their sophomore year should meet with the social work program director as soon as possible to develop an educational plan.

Alaina Dehnke '19 on Mentorship

There are some things only experience can teach you. The senior social work internship is meant to test the waters and shift gears if need be. I believe mentorship is about finding a happy balance between teaching through guidance and teaching through hands-on experience. My community mentor taught me valuable lessons simply by exemplifying what to do and what to say. She also gave me chances to apply what I saw when I engage with students one to one.
Learning Out of the Classroom

Students @ the Capitol

This spring, a group of seven social work students joined 1,000 other students and social workers from across the state to attend Social Work Day at the Capitol. Students heard from speakers on key issues impacting social policy, social workers, and the populations they serve.

"The energy was so vibrant and it was an incredible experience to apart of and feel. You could feel the passion in that room and it gave me hope that we are going to make incredible change for this country." - Kayla Thielmann '19, Social Work Major

Activism at Work

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Grad Receives Heimarck Healthcare Award

As a healthcare finance intern, recent graduate Claire Holland ’21 applies the skills she learned from internships and classroom curriculum to help those in need of affordable healthcare.

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Accounting for Career Preparation

When a pivotal experience to help individuals during tax season offered hands-on training, accounting major Ellen Dee ’22 volunteered to strengthen her skills.

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