Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Stand up to help others stand on their own

Your enrollment in the program’s generalist practice emphasis prepares you to become an ethical professional with the knowledge and skills to support social and economic justice as you serve and strengthen individuals, families and communities. The social work program combines classroom experiences designed to lay the foundation for a lifetime of knowledge with field work opportunities for you to apply that knowledge in a real world environment.

The Fontbonne social work program is newly accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and utilizes the most current knowledge, values and skills in social work education and professional practice.

Program Highlights

At Fontbonne, our mission is tied closely to answering the call to serve others with compassion and dignity. As part of our program, you will be prepared for career success as well as lifelong learning, a necessary skill for promoting social and economic justice in our communities.

  • Unique coursework grounded in Fontbonne’s Catholic heritage and the benefit of spirituality and religion in practice
  • A campus-wide focus on “serving the dear neighbor without distinction”
  • New program developed with the latest methods, theory and information
  • Combination of classroom and field education
  • Three categories of coursework: introductory, core and professional practice
  • CERTIFICATES: The social work department offers a variety of certificate programs that can enrich the undergraduate major or provide additional skills and credentials for seasoned clinical professionals.
  • Faculty are social workers and practicing professionals
  • Preparation for LBSW or LBSW-IP exams or for graduate school with advanced standing
  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Student selected field placements through more than 450 field placement agencies
  • Receive advance standing in your chosen Master’s of Social Work program – this can reduce the time needed to graduate!
  • Agreement with St. Louis University helps accelerate the completion of your MSW
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Center Against Human Trafficking and Exploitation

The Center Against Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Center) was created in 2017 by Fontbonne University in response to the need in St. Louis and Missouri to aid in the prevention of human and sex trafficking. 

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Social Work Career Opportunities

Learn more about what a degree in Social Work can mean for your career. 

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Recent Interviews

  • 24th Circuit Children’s Division
  • Adult Day Care
  • Crime Victim Advocacy
  • Bayless School
  • Behavior Solutions, Inc.
  • BJC Hospice
  • Bootheel Counseling Services and Rural Health Clinic
  • Catholic Charities
  • Child Health and Advocacy Center
  • City Garden Project
  • Decision Point Counseling
  • Doer Center for Social Justice Education and Research
  • Epworth Children and Family Services
  • Fresnius  Medical Services

  • Kirkwood High School
  • Illinois Center for Autism
  • Legal Advocates
  • Lutheran Family And Senior Services
  • NASW Missouri Chapter
  • Nazareth Living Center
  • Memory Care Solutions
  • Mental Health America East MO
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • St. Louis County Department of Human Services
  • St. Louis University Student Health and Counseling
  • Veteran’s Home and Services
  • Victim Services of St. Louis County

In-Field Learning

At Fontbonne, you can participate in a number of unique experiences that enable you to put your knowledge to practice in a real-world setting. Following is a sample of the opportunities available to you.

  • Fall Semester trip to Washington D.C: Legislative Advocacy Federal Government
  • Spring Semester trip to Jefferson City MO: Legislative Advocacy State Government

Social Work students work with the Rural Parish Workers, Cadet, Mo. The Building Communities: Rural Outreach Project was created by the social work department and funded by the Fontbonne Community Connection.

Graduate Successes

  • Carolyn Compton ’14: Neighborhood Advocate for the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative
  • Samantha Gildehaus ’15: Case Management Counselor, Crisis Nursery, Washington, Mo.
  • Treniece King ’14: Social Worker, St. Louis Special School District
  • Brandi Palmisano ’15: Social Worker, Decision Point Counseling, Inc.
  • Doreen Colenberg ’15: Social Worker, Places for People
  • Holly Kennedy ’15: Social Worker, Fox School District
  • Destiny Poertner ’14: Social Worker, Division of Family Services

Continuing Education Program

If you’re already a credentialed professional, we also offer advanced skills training in Expressive Arts and Integrative Therapy. Learn more about this 30-hour continuing education program.

National Healthcare Decision-Making Day Featured Fontbonne Social Work Connection

The Fontbonne University social work department was a co-sponsor of the National Healthcare Decision-Making Day open house and expressive arts workshop at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, April 18, 2017.

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