St. Augustine College’s (SAC) 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. Found within the courses is a unique focus on empowering the Latino community of Chicago through social justice.

Empowering a bilingual community through social justice

The bachelor degree in Social Work (BSW degree) is a bachelor degree preparing students for general social work practice. BSW graduates are prepared “to enhance the social functioning and interactions of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by involving them in accomplishing goals, developing resources, and preventing and alleviating distress.” (CSWE Educational Policy 1.0)

The SAC Social Work program is accredited through 2020 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This assures that the BSW curriculum at SAC meets the national standards for social work training. The accreditation also makes alumni eligible to apply for advanced standing at many graduate Social Work programs locally and nationally (advanced standing allows full-time students to complete an MSW program in a shorter time.)

Mission of BSW Program at St. Augustine College

The BSW program educates graduates for entry level into generalist social work practice with diverse urban populations. It does this with particular attention to opportunities to improve social justice, well-being, and access to resources within communities of Latino descent. It aspires to fill cultural, educational, and socioeconomic gaps, beginning with those in the multi-cultural and multi-linguistic neighborhoods of Chicago.

Careers in Social Work

A degree in social work offers a diverse range of opportunities including working in the areas of aging, child welfare, healthcare social work, justice and corrections, mental health, substance abuse, policy and planning, community organizing, international social work, military social work, and many others. The National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter provides further information on careers in Social Work at:

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Graduates from the BSW program work as family specialists, youth organizers, case managers, directors of day care centers, domestic violence advocates, healthcare workers, geriatric care workers, and addiction counselors. Students who complete the BSW degree and who also fulfill the state of Illinois licensure requirements for social work may apply for the state exam to become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW): (

Social Work sample courses

SWK 200 Introduction to Social Work 4 Credit Hours
SWK 305 Ethics & Values in Social Work 4 Credit Hours
SWK 335 Social Justice and Social Action 4 Credit Hours
SWK 410 Social Work Practice 1 4 Credit Hours
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