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Social Work

Social Work at a glance

North Central’s Social Work major will prepare you with the theoretical framework, critical thinking skills, and hands-on training you need to be an advocate for those in need and a resource for your community. Taught from a Christian perspective, courses will give you a strong foundation in ethics, cultural awareness, human rights, the latest research, and models of assessment, intervention, and evaluation. When you graduate, you’ll be a firmly grounded and well-prepared social worker who can make a big difference in the lives of others.

North Central’s Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Download our Social Work Handbook to learn more about the program.

What sets us apart

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Christian Foundation

Our courses are taught from a Christian perspective.

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Gain a strong Christian foundation for your social work practice

In our program, we see Christ as the unifying, magnetic center that holds all education together. The Social Work Program’s Mission Statement emphasizes a Christian worldview. Students follow Christ’s example of love and compassion by caring for human needs in tangible ways that promote justice, human dignity, and the service of others in the church, local community, and the world. Our course content is also influenced by the National Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW) Statement of Faith and Practice. When you graduate, we want you to be prepared with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to excel in your career; additionally, we also want you to have a fortified faith and desire to spread the love of Christ. When you become a social worker, you’ll be serving others in times of need, bringing hope to your community, and advocating for the dignity and worth of all people. When you approach this work from a Christian perspective, you’ll have a framework for loving others deeply and authentically so you can serve them with compassion.

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Service opportunities with a social work degree in Minneapolis

Our unique location provides a wide variety of service opportunities.

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Make a difference in your community

North Central is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and our local community is an important part of the student experience. It’s our priority to serve the people around us and we work hard to make our neighborhood a better place. As a social work major at North Central, you’ll have opportunities to get involved from the day you start at NCU. Throughout the process, you’ll develop your ministry and leadership skills, get practical experience and hands-on training working with local organizations, and make valuable connections with people in the community.

Learn more about service opportunities at North Central.

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Internships

You’ll have opportunities to intern with community programs and service groups.

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Gain practical experience and make valuable connections

An internship is a required part of the Social Work program at North Central University, and you’ll find that our social work degree in Minneapolis offers many opportunities for internships that will prepare you to accomplish your career goals.
There are many benefits to participating in an internship. You gain hands-on experience, make valuable contacts within the field, increase your potential for graduate school acceptance, and learn new skills through real-world training.
You can contact the Field Coordinator for the Social Work Program, Beth Brown, to discuss your internship interests, possibilities, and requirements, or to request a copy of the Social Work Field Manual.
Here are some possible internship sites:
• Amicus – Volunteers of America
• Arrive Ministries
• Augustana Healthcare Center
• Bancroft Elementary School
• Lutheran Social Services Children’s Home Society
• Lutheran Social Services Parent Support Outreach Program
• Cornerstone Advocacy Center
• Dakota County Juvenile Service Center
• Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc.
• MCC Refugee Services
• New Life Family Services
• Project for Pride in Living: Cabrini Partnership
• The Bridge for Youth
• Thomas Allen, Inc.
• Union Gospel Mission
• Urban Ventures
• YWCA St. Paul

  • Skills you’ll gain

    When you graduate from the Social Work program, you’ll be prepared to:

    • Advocate for client needs
    • Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics
    • Apply both research-based knowledge and professional experience to your work
    • Demonstrate cultural awareness and recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power
    • Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice
    • Apply models of assessment, intervention, and evaluation
    • Help clients resolve problems by developing goals, strategies, and objectives
  • Potential careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Child and family social worker
    • Clinical social worker
    • School social worker
    • Case manager
    • Healthcare social worker
    • Mental health and substance abuse social worker
    • Community organizer
    • Homeless shelter staff member
  • Minors & supporting programs

    We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:

    • Business Administration
    • Church Ministries
    • Deaf Culture Studies
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Nonprofit
    • Pre-Law
    • Psychology/Pastoral Care

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

Students in the T.J. Jones Library.
CADI Case Manager, Thomas Allen, Inc.

Katie Detloff '14
Minneapolis, MN

"Professors are willing to come alongside you and answer any questions you might have—academic or otherwise. They want to see students succeed in all areas."

Requirements

All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Social Work degree.

Meet your professors

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CONTACT

mrknipe@northcentral.edu
612.343.4791
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Mallory Knipe, MSW, LGSW

Social Work Program Director;
Director of School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

I love encouraging students to be the change they wish to see in the world! Social work is a profession that allows people to do that in so many ways, and it’s very exciting to be a part of.

WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE?

Child Protective Services, School Social Work, Poverty

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING AT NORTH CENTRAL?

The student body at North Central is second to none. This is an atmosphere that allows students to not only grow individually and professionally, but also to share the collective experience of growing together spiritually. North Central is a university that truly cares about each and every individual.

Faculty member Beth Brown

 

CONTACT

bnbrown@northcentral.edu
612.343.4792
Kingsriter

Beth Brown, MSW, LICSW

Social Work Field Coordinator

You will find that I am passionate about macro issues and I truly enjoy helping students see the intersection of micro and macro practice.  The moment when a student realizes that learning is fun is one of my favorite parts of teaching. 

WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE?

Mental Health, Child and Adolescent

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING AT NORTH CENTRAL?

I love that I have the opportunity to teach social work in an urban setting where the classroom easily extends beyond the walls of the university.