Aug 10, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Social Work Department

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Kelly Bass, Chairperson
Julian Hall Rm 213
Main Campus
Vermillion, South Dakota
(605) 358-5940

Kelly Bass, DSW, CSW-PIP, ACS; MSW Program Director
University of South Dakota
USD Health Science Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
(605) 357-1450

Tallie Cassanova, MSW, LCSW-PIP; B.S. Social Work Program Director
Julian Hall, Room 215
Main Campus
Vermillion, South Dakota
(605) 658-5937

Michelle Noble, MSW Program Assistant
Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
1400 W 22nd Street, 3rd floor
Sioux Falls, SD
Phone:  605-357-1450
Email:  Michelle

Tamara Goetz, B.S. Social Work Program Assistant
Bachelor of Science, Social Work (BSSW)

Julian Hall Room 212
Main Campus
Vermillion, South Dakota
(605) 658-5940



Peter A. Kindle, PhD, Research Methods, Statistics, Policy, Macro Practice

Associate Professors:

Kelly Bass, DSW, Clinical, Clinical Supervision, Youth and Families, Crisis Response
Soonhee Roh, PhD, Gerontology, Clinical Practice

Senior Lecturer:

Wallace Jackmon, Clinical Psychology, 2007, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN; LCSW-PIP, Generalist and Clinical Practice, Small Groups, Social Work in Mental Health, Family Violence


Tallie Cassanova, LCSW, QMHP BSSW Director of Field Education
Kathy LaPlante, MSW, Child Welfare and Family Services, Micro Practice

Emeritus Faculty:

Debra S. Norris, Ed.D., MSW, Macro, Rural, Intergenerational Family and Administrative Practice


Social Work, B.S.


Child Welfare (Optional)

The undergraduate program in social work is the only accredited undergraduate Social Work program in South Dakota’s state system of higher education and has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974. Employment opportunities for graduates include professional entry-level positions in a variety of social and human services agencies and organizations. Graduates are eligible for social work professional licensing and “advanced standing” in graduate schools offering the advanced standing option in their Master of Social Work (MSW) programs.


The Social Work Program requires formal admission. Preparation for Admission requires the achievement of at least a 2.3 cumulative GPA, completion of a volunteer or work experience, and the successful completion of 50 hours of coursework that includes the non-departmental requirements. As a professional program in the School of Health Sciences, the B.S. Social Work Program requirements include successful clearance from a criminal background check and participation in immunization requirements.


The application is accessible from the Social Work Department Main page. Students are encouraged to meet with their Social Work Academic Advisor to insure timely preparation.


Please contact the department for additional information about available scholarships and awards. Also see School of Health Sciences  for school level scholarships.

  • Elizabeth King Booth Scholarship
  • Faithe Family Scholarship - Social Work Graduate
  • Helen Anderson Quirk Scholarship
  • Marilyn Stark Ondell Scholarship
  • Social Work Scholarship Fund

Student Learning Outcomes for Social Work (B.S.)

  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.   
  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.


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