Discover Social Work
Social Work is one of PC’s oldest programs and began the college’s commitment to service learning. Students benefit from a community-based learning philosophy, connecting theory with action. Undergraduates engage in hands-on learning typically reserved for graduate students. As a student in the program, you’ll be able to tailor the curriculum to fit your specific interests and prepare for a career in any number of professional settings.
Your study of social work at Presentation will offer a range of distinctive learning opportunities and chances to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. We partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Aberdeen Area, offering students the opportunity to serve as personal mentors and group leaders to children involved with the club.
Our social work alumni work closely with students in the program, are involved with learning projects, and have offered their input on designing the curriculum. During their final year of study at Presentation, social work students complete an intensive, two-semester practicum that includes 600 hours working in an agency setting.
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Due to our flexible course scheduling, this final practicum and year of study may be completed in Aberdeen, your own hometown, or anywhere else you may like to live! Recent practicum sites that have provided supervision to students include: Northeastern Mental Health Center, Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center, Safe Harbor, Youth Dynamics (Montana), and the Anoka-Hennepin school district (Minnesota). In fact, several of our recent graduates have been offered employment by their practicum agencies immediately following their graduation from Presentation College!
The social work program offers outstanding preparation for careers in such settings as hospitals, schools, nursing homes, mental health centers, group homes for youth, foster care and adoption services, domestic violence or homeless shelters, substance abuse treatment programs, and other agency settings.
Graduates learn to be generalists, and prepare for work with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the ASWB Bachelors exam and apply for social work licensure in South Dakota (as well as other states who license BSW level social workers).
Most of our graduates continue on to graduate school, where they are granted Advanced Standing status, which means it only takes one more year to earn a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree! In fact, recent alumni are pursuing their MSW degrees at The University of South Dakota and Baylor University.