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The mission of the Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth is to promote human wellbeing and advance social justice through teaching, research, and service. We prepare competent and effective generalist and advanced generalist social workers who are leaders both in expanding the profession's knowledge base and in developing socially just service delivery systems. Our graduates are committed to pursuing culturally competent practice with an emphasis on working with American Indians, especially in rural communities. The education we provide is based on the knowledge, values, and skills of social work; and is grounded in the profession's history, purposes and philosophy. 

The program has a strong commitment to serving under-served and under-represented populations, and is one of the few programs in the nation that includes a special focus on American Indian social services. Our program also offers content on clinical, rural practice, child welfare issues, and cultural competency. We provide a wide variety of field placement opportunities. Our relatively small size (35-40 new students a year) allows faculty to be easily accessible and knowledgeable about the students. Regular faculty/student forums allow for frequent interchange. Part-time and full-time plans of study are available. Please read on to learn more about our program. We hope to hear from you!


Jim Amell, Department Head and Associate Professor