Feb 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Social Work (B.S.)

60-61 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours


Social Work majors are required to complete a Minor in a discipline of their choosing. Associate Degree accepted as substitution for minor.

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

  • At least 50% of a student’s declared minor credits must be taken from USD.
  • Students may double count 12 hours towards their Major, Certificate, Specialization, Minor, and/or Double Major.
  • A Maximum of 90 credit hours may be transferred into USD. University discretion is permitted in the acceptance of the transfer credits applied towards the degree. 
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of the degree requirements must be completed from USD. 

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. 

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The educational curriculum for your academic program may or may not meet 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, please review that state and your program on USD’s Licensure-Track Programs webpage.  Licensure-Track Programs

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 USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization