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.
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- An overview of the program
- Classes you’ll take
- Exciting jobs you can get after graduation
Interested in earning your degree in Social Work at NCU?
What sets us apart
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
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
- Psychology/Pastoral Care
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Katie Detloff '14
"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."
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 the Program Director
Beth Brown, MSW, LICSW
Social Work Program Director
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.
Meet the Field Coordinator
MARCI EXSTED, MSW, LSW
Social Work Field Coordinator
With a strong heart for advocacy, Marci continues to contribute to projects such as those being worked on by the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition and the Minnesota Justice Research Center. She also is part of a team implementing training for MSW students at the University of Minnesota to lead conversations on racial inequalities and collective liberation.