Social Work Program

Is helping people your calling?

If you are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and to making your community a better place, then you belong in the USF Social Work program. USF’s programs are designed for those who wish to make a career out of helping people improve their lives and reach their highest potential. Our faculty members help students develop skills that will give them the competency they need to be marketable and to make a difference in today’s multicultural world.

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Why USF?

Many of USF’s students say they enjoy USF’s program because it allows them to interact and learn from a diverse student body and faculty. Social work knowledge and practice skills are taught in the classroom and through real-world experiences. Social work students are trained in assessment, interviewing, intake/referral, service planning, case management, crisis intervention, service provision, problem solving, program evaluation, community outreach, advocacy, research and networking.

In addition, social workers learn strong interviewing skills that allow them to communicate with a client, understanding their needs and personal strengths and the resources they bring to address current issues. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills through videotaped sessions of mock scenarios drawn from real life social work situations and through observations and internships.

The BSW program prepares students to become generalist social workers who commit to improve socio-economic justice and the quality of well-being of at-risk individuals, families, groups and communities through education, service and leadership. BSW program graduates are prepared to enhance the quality of life of those they serve through alleviating poverty, oppression and discrimination and improving social, economic and political justice in the multicultural communities in which we live.


Excellence in Social Work Education

best value award social work USFUSF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This accreditation means that USF is committed to excellence in education and student success. In assessing its program, USF completed a BSW self-study identifying ways in which it meets or exceeds CSWE accreditation standards.

In addition to accreditation, you’ll get an education with great value. Just recently, considering several factors, Social Work Degree Guide published a list of 35 Christian universities with the best value: “35 Best Value Christian Colleges with CSWE-accredited Programs 2015.” USF’s social work program ranked 5th among 150 competing universities.

To keep faculty members relevant and competitive, the University of St. Francis Social Work Department is a proud member of the following professional social work organizations:

  • Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD)
  • Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Illinois Association of Deans and Directors (IADD)
  • National Association of Deans and Directors of Graduate Social Work Education (NADD)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NAWW)
  • National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW)


USF is affordable: assisting students through scholarships

Founded in 1974 by Dr. James McCabe and Dr. Christine Ponquinette, USF’s Social Work program offers scholarships named in honor these beloved faculty members and well-respected social work professionals. Their memories live on through the numerous students who have received Christine Poole Ponquinette and James P. McCabe scholarships, both of which are awarded annually to students majoring in Social Work and based on financial need and ability to present oneself in an interview. The McCabe scholarship is available for undergraduate students, while the Ponquinette scholarship is designated for graduate students. USF also offers a variety of scholarships, grants and aid programs designed to help students achieve their degrees.