Oct 24, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Social Work (B.S.)

60-61 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Nondepartmental Requirements (15-16 hours)

Completion with C or better.


Social Work majors are required to complete a Minor in a discipline of their choosing. Associate Degree accepted as substitution for minor.Add For students pursuing graduate study a Natural Science plus Lab with human content is recommended

Students are encouraged to pursue a minor or double major in Addiction Counseling and Prevention if appropriate to their career plans.

  • Students may double count up to 12 hours for their Certificate, Specialization, Minor, or Double Major.
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken from USD
  • Maximum of 90 transfer credit hours may be applied to the degree

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to systematically explore issues, objects or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments, and break down complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding of them.
  2. Students will be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions.
  3. Students will design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.
  4. Students will interact with other students and evaluate the effort put into team tasks, interactions with others, and the quantity and quality made to team discussions.
  5. Competency 1-Students will demonstrate ethical and professional behavior 
  6. Competency 2 Students will engage diversity and difference in practice. 
  7. Competency 3 Students will advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice 
  8. Competency 4 Students will engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research. 
  9. Competency 5 Students will engage in policy practice 
  10. Competencies 6-9 Students will engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 
  11. Students will connect ideas and experiences in order to synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus. 
  12. Students will intentionally engage with diversity in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions leading to opportunities for equal access to participation in educational and community programs for all members of society.

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The University of South Dakota as of July 1, 2020, cannot confirm whether any particular course or program meets educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in states other than South Dakota. If you are planning to apply for licensure/certification in a state other than South Dakota after completion of your program, contact the academic department offering your major or CDE at 605.658.6152 or by email at cde@usd.edu. USD is working to comply with these requirements and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage below.

Information about State Authorization & Professional Licensure