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Empowering communities through social justice

St. Augustine College prides itself in offering an outstanding Bachelor of Social Work Program that is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Our Social Work Program is a community of dedicated faculty, motivated students, and inspiring alumni. The program prepares students to promote and support positive change for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and the world.  The courses have a unique focus on empowering the Latino community of Chicago through social justice.

Students can expect to not only study in the classroom but also to complete an internship, preparing them for employment with real-world experience. For some students, this internship may even lead directly to employment.

The study of social work can lead to diverse employment opportunities, including:

  • Child and/or Family Social Worker
  • Mental health counselor and substance abuse Social Worker and case aid
  • Domestic violence advocate and counselor
  • Geriatric Social Workers and case aids
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Social Workers
  • Probation officer
  • Rehabilitation case worker
  • Eligibility Screener Social and Behavioral Health Agencies
  • Community outreach social worker in health or social services
  • Child welfare worker
  • Parent Counselor
  • Community Organizer
  • Public Health Outreach
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Parent counselor or coach
  • Prison re-entry worker
  • Community and alternative housing programs
  • Business and human resources
  • Educational settings
  • Clinical psychotherapy and social work after a Master’s in Social Work
  • Private practice after LCSW licensure and an MSW

Bilingual social workers are in high demand in Chicago and across the country. Graduates of our program have worked in agencies such as Association House, Catholic Charities, Casa Central, La Casa Norte, The Department of Children and Family Services, Family Focus, Between Friends, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, the criminal justice system, Stroger Hospital, Enlace Chicago, Sarah’s Circle, SGA Youth and Family Services, to name a few.

SAC alumni with the BSW degree are eligible to apply for an accelerated Master of Social Work Degree because they have already taken core courses required for an MSW during the BSW program at SAC.  That can reduce the time required for a specialized MSW degree to as little as one year and students can earn an even higher salary.

An additional benefit of graduating from an accredited social work program is that students are eligible to become members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). For more information on NASW, visit their website at

SAC’s BSW alumni are eligible for licensure after working after the BSW under LSW supervision and taking the state LSW exam. However many BSW jobs do not require licensure.

“Awarded in 2016, the Excelencia in Education National Award for the
Best Bachelor Degree Program Serving Latinos”